Pahokee, Fla.--Joining teammates Janoris Jenkins and Martavious Odoms on an official visit to Auburn for the Iron Bowl was Blue Devil standout linebacker Jatavious Miller. A talented player on one of the country's best prep teams, Miller says that he was blown away by the atmosphere surrounding Saturday night's game.
"The visit went real well," Miller says. "It was very energetic and I enjoyed myself. The players are very tight and you can feel the family around the campus. It's tremendous. It would be a good school to go to, but I'm still wide open. This visit was a good first one for me."
The key to a defense that is among the best in Florida this year, the small but solid linebacker notes that his experience for the Iron Bowl was something he could see himself getting used to down the road.
"The atmosphere was very good with the crowd hyped up," Miller says. "That was especially true during the Tiger Walk. I have never seen anything like that. All the fans were tailgating way before the game started. I heard some of them came in on Wednesday. If I was a player I would have been crunk to get ready for the game. With the atmosphere and family-type environment and the players bonding together, it was a good experience for me."
Hosted by Auburn true freshman linebacker Josh Bynes, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Miller says he had a good time getting to know Bynes and many of the other players over the weekend.
"He's a wonderful player and a good guy," Miller says of Bynes. "He's from down there near where I'm from. We kind of bonded. He's a cool dude. He just told me to sit back and enjoy myself and he would show me a wonderful time. I just thank him and the coaches for making this happen."
Saying he's going to concentrate on the rest of his senior season at Pahokee and winning another state title before getting serious about recruiting, Miller notes that he's looking at several more schools and plans to check them out before making a decision.
"I'm looking at Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Florida and Boston College," Miller says. "Auburn is my only offer, but all of them really like the way I play. They told me to be patient until they evaluate everything. Hopefully they'll come through with offers as well."