RECRUITING: Miller's Visit To UF Scores A 10

Coach Urban Meyer has been on a recruiting roll the past four weeks as the Florida Gators have picked up 11 outstanding commitments in that short span of time. The Gators didn't get a commitment this past weekend from Jarrell Miller of Highland Springs, Virginia but the four-star linebacker, who will play in the US Army All-American Game, certainly had his eyes opened by his visit to the campus in Gainesville.

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"I really loved the visit and had a lot of fun at Florida," said Miller, who has already visited Tennessee and Virginia. "I would definitely rate the visit a ten."

Miller helped to lead the Springers to a Capital District championship, playing both sides of the ball as an offensive lineman and linebacker. The 6-3, 235-pounder plans visits to Virginia Tech and North Carolina this week and then he will start making his final decision.

In Gainesville, Miller was hosted by walk-on linebacker Darryon Robinson, a Gainesville native. Miller says that Robinson did his part to make certain the visit left a lasting impression. The weekend started simple enough with a get acquainted session with his recruiting area coach and his host. He also got a great impression of Gainesville that first night.

"I arrived Friday night," said Miller. "My father and I drove. Then my father, Coach (Billy) Gonzales, Darryon Robinson (D-Rob), and I went out to dinner. D-Rob showed me around Gainesville a little bit later. I think Gainesville is a very beautiful town. One of the best things about Gainesville is that it isn't far from Miami, not far from the beach … it's close to everything."

Saturday he spent the day learning about the Florida campus and the academic programs in the morning. In the afternoon, he attended the Gators basketball game with the University of Central Florida.

"On Saturday I went and saw the academic building," he said. "I met the dean of my major and academic advisor. I met some more players and Coach Mickey Marotti (strength and conditioning coordinator) and Defensive Coordinator Coach Strong. We also saw a basketball game."

There was also some time spent in the film room where he got a close up glimpse of how the Gators attack on defense. Miller liked what he saw.

"I watched game film with Coach Strong," he said. "I think they played very well and really hard nosed football on defense. They said I would be a Mike (middle) linebacker and said I could fit right in."

On Sunday he met with Coach Meyer and they talked about the big scheme of things at Florida and just where Jarrell Miller fits into things.

"He told me a little bit about how he wants me down there in the middle of his defense," said Miller. "He was very impressed when he came to see me in the spring and saw me work out. He said he could see me coming in, backing up B-Si (Brandon Siler) and being a true freshman playing in some games."

Miller isn't worried about the depth chart. He knows there will always be competition wherever he goes, but he also sees a little daylight ahead of next year on the Gators depth chart.

"Whatever happens happens," he said about playing early. "I know wherever I go I am going to work my butt off. Both of their inside backers are coming back, but B-Si will probably leave early and the other one (Brian Crum) will graduate."

Miller plans on making his decision in San Antonio at the US Army All-American Game (sponsored by which is nationally televised. He listed some of the factors that will help him make his final decision.

"I would like to have the same kind of relationship I have with my high school coaches right now," he said. "I call one of my coaches 'Pops.' That's how close we are. I will also look at academics and the community around the school."

With academics a priority, he wants to run his own business when his days as a football player are over. He really seems to have somewhat of a life plan worked out.

"I want to major in business," he said. "If I am with the same girl that I am with now, I would like to manage a clothing store. She wants to be a clothing designer. She's a senior too, and will go to college, but hasn't made plans where. She's not waiting on me."

The Gators already have two linebackers (Dustin Doe of Live Oak Suwanee and Larry Grant of City College of San Francisco) committed. Florida is planning to bring in at least two more linebackers and Jarrell Miller would be a great fit in an already impressive recruiting class.

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