Visit to Auburn Excites Big OL Prospect

Patrick Miller made the trip to Auburn from south Florida and came away impressed--very impressed--with what he saw.

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.--One of the more promising offensive line prospects in the Southeast visited Auburn on Saturday and the junior day trip went even better than expected.

Dwyer High School offensive tackle Patrick Miller made his first trip to the Plains to check out the 2010 national football champions and went home impressed after getting a feel for what the Auburn program has to offer.

"I love Auburn and I love Coach Grimes," he said of Jeff Grimes, the Tigers' highly-regarded offensive line coach. "He's the man. I love the facilities, but they were telling me how they were trashy and that they were getting new ones all next year so I was like, ‘Oh, my God.'

The 6-7, 260 pound tackle added, "It was a lot more than I thought it would be. I thought it would be kind of like a small or little kind of nowhere school, but not at all. I am pretty impressed with what I saw."

One of the highlights of his visit was the one on one time that he was able to spend with Grimes and head coach Gene Chizik.

"I spent a lot of time with Coach Grimes," the class of 2012 prospect said. "He's awesome. He asked me what I like in an offensive line and I told him that I want to be part of a tough offensive line, and that is exactly what his motto was. Then he pulled up a slide and showed me and that was the first thing that I saw was toughness. I was like ‘Hell yeah.'

"I talked to him (Chizik) for a good bit," Miller noted. "Him and my dad talked and my dad liked him a lot, too."

The trip to Auburn on Saturday will not be the last time that the tackle prospect takes a trip to check out the Tigers. Miller said he plans to return in the near future. "I definitely want to come back and check it out again. I am just excited right now. It's definitely going to be on top."

Patrick Miller

Now that he has a good feel for the Auburn program and a few other programs that he has already visited, Miller is still in no hurry to make a selection on his college choice. With no decision date on his mind, Miller plans on making his call "whenever I know."

"I don't want to keep anyone waiting on a decision if I know it in my head," he explained.

Florida, LSU, and Auburn are the three that I like."

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