Spiller Visits Miami

C.J. Spiller has been one of the most heavily recruited players in the state since day one. He's taken four official visits and has one left. He spent this weekend in Miami.

"Man, it went a lot better than I thought it would," Spiller said. "It's just that so many people think of Miami and their players in a certain way. I got a chance to experience what it's like in person and they're not like that at all. I could definitely see myself fitting in there."

Spiller, 5-10 and 185, said the highlight of his visit was simply hanging out with the players and getting a feel for what it's like if he were to be part of the team.

"I was with Randy Phillips, Kyle Wright, a bunch of those guys," he said. "Those guys are real cool. I liked the school, the city, and everything."

The talented running back was being recruited by former UM coach Don Soldinger until he was fired.

"It's a tough business," he said. "After he left, I've basically been talking to all the coaches from Miami. I got a chance to spend some time with Coach Coker. He's a great coach, a good man, and a good person to be around."

It was the first time Spiller had been at the school since he went to a camp there a couple years ago.

"It was different than what I thought," he said. "Like I said, it gave me a chance to see what it's really like there. I went with my uncle and he really liked it too. He got along with the coaches and thinks it would be a good place for me to be."

With four running backs on the roster and two others already committed, UM will provide plenty of competition. Spiller said he is aware of the depth chart.

"I'm not worried about that," he said. "I'll go and compete with anyone. I know what I can do."

Spiller heads to Tallahassee for a weekend visit to FSU on Friday. Before then, however, he'll have a busy week.

"Coach Bowden is coming tomorrow," he said. "Coach Meyer is coming here and Coach Coker is coming here."

Spiller, a full academic qualifier, has already taken visits to USC, Florida, Clemson, and now UM. While many believe one school may have the inside track over the rest, Spiller said things are wide open.

"After this weekend, it's all even up," he said. "I'll check out FSU. I grew up liking them so I gotta see what it's like. We have a thing set up at our school for signing day and that's probably when I'll announce (my decision)."

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