4-Star Offensive Lineman Switches To Auburn

Four-star offensive tackle Patrick Miller has enrolled for classes at Auburn after being a long-time LSU commitment.

Auburn, Ala.--Patrick Miller, one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country, made a big change and kept things very quiet in the process as he switched a commitment from LSU to SEC Western Division rival Auburn.

He has already enrolled for spring semester classes on the Plains and said for him Auburn was just a good fit.

"I decided to come to Auburn because it was a better decision for me as a person," Miller said. "I know I have a better chance to play early here. My relationship with Coach (Jeff) Grimes, I talk to him a lot. We have a good relationship.

"I know he knows a lot about players like me because he's an offensive lineman that is tall," Miller added. "He can relate to how I play. I just figured that Auburn was a better choice."

A frequent visitor to Auburn, Miller said having that knowledge of the campus and a relationship with fellow early enrollments Zeke Pike and Shane Callahan was big for him.

"I had visited here before and I'm friends with Zeke Pike and Shane and all them," Miller said. "They are all good guys. It made the decision easier."

Miller is rated as a four-star offensive tackle and he chose Auburn over LSU, Florida, Florida State and others.

Patrick Miller played for Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said Auburn is getting a promising prospect.

"Patrick has really grown a lot physically over the last 18 months," Simmons said. "When I first saw him about two years ago he was a long, lanky player. He has really started to fill out. He plays with a nasty streak and a lot of upside."

Miller is the fourth Auburn commitment to enroll early joining Shane Callahan, Zeke Pike and Javiie Mitchell.

Patrick Miller

Playing a position of need for the Tigers, Miller said following his first visit to Auburn last March that one of the reasons he was so high on Auburn was because of line coach Jeff Grimes.

Originally a tight end before moving to offensive tackle, he said following his trip for Big Cat Weekend that Grimes, head coach Gene Chizik as well as the city of Auburn are two big reasons why he was looking so heavily at Auburn.

"I like how it's a small town," Miller said. "I like Coach (Jeff) Grimes. It's just the same stuff as last time. He's a cool guy and I could see myself playing for him....It's just a one of a kind place."

"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.'"

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