RECRUITING: Von Miller Has Two At The Top

The Florida Gators have gone into Texas in the last two years and pulled four of the best football players from the state. The Gators are back in Texas again and this time the target is Von Miller, the very fast 6-2, 217-pound defensive end/linebacker out of Desoto who just returned home from visits to Miami and the University of Florida.

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"We went to Miami to go to the camp," he said. "It was okay. We did the verticals and the forties. We didn't have time to talk to the coaches. We went there Friday night and camped on Saturday."

He gave the Hurricane coaching staff a video highlight reel, then he and his mother flew to Gainesville where he was given ample opportunity to talk to the coaches. Co-Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison is recruiting Miller for Florida and he has had a positive effect on Miller.

"We liked it in Gainesville," he said. "We did the forty, the vertical jump and stuff like that. I really liked the campus in Gainesville. That was a place I can see myself for four years. I have been talking to Coach Mattison for awhile, and I could see myself playing for him for four or five years too. I talked to him about getting bigger. He likes my speed and quickness."

He got to spend a little time with a couple of players on the trip and see what they were all about.

"I hung out a little with Javier Estopinan and David Nelson," Miller said. "He [Nelson] told me that Gainesville was the place to be, it's a nice place."

Miller is also a big fan of the Gator head coach and his mom found plenty to like in both the University of Florida and the community.

"I like Coach Meyer," he said. "I really like the way he talked to me. He treated me like I was already a player there. My mom really liked Gainesville. She loved the fact that they have to have eight hours a week of study hall. She said that if she planned it far enough in advance she could make all the games. My mom was talking like I had already committed."

His quickness off the edge helped him generate a very productive junior season and one that college coaches have seen highlights of and are making him a priority this recruiting season. With 7.5 sacks, 39 tackles, 17 quarterback hurries, a touchdown and an interception as a junior in big time Texas football, Miller's productivity alone is why he's getting more and more interest from college recruiters.

Right now, two schools seem to be settling in for a spot at the top of his favorite's list.

"I will have a list of favorites by the end of the summer," he said. "Texas A&M and Florida will be there at the end of the summer.

"At Texas A&M I like the 12th man. I like Coach Fran [Dennis Franchionne]. I like that they are not recruiting me to be another player, they recruit me to be 'The Player.' I have been there about seven times already.

"At Florida, you know how you hear rumors about a stadium being one of the toughest stadiums? No one was even in the stands and when I walked into the stadium I could tell that it was going to be a very tough stadium to play in."

He went directly home from the Gators camp to summer school where he is trying to get ahead of the game and make his senior season a little easier.

"I had to come back the next morning for summer school," he said. "If I miss too many days of school then I won't be able to finish the summer session. I am trying to get ahead in school taking government and economics. I did alright last year. I took the SAT in the morning down in Miami."

Von Miller will be one to keep a close eye on as recruiting goes along. He could be a goiod fit as an outside linebacker or a defensive end at Florida. He has speed and the tools needed to be an outstanding player in the SEC.

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