RECRUITING: Gators in top two for Miller

DeSoto (Texas) linebacker Von Miller (6-3, 211, 4.55) said he's narrowed it down to Texas A&M and Florida. Both have offered.

(Von Miller Profile)

"The University of Texas A&M has a slight lead just because I've been there about ten times and I've only been to Florida once," Miller said. "I was interested in Texas and Nebraska and a lot of other schools that I planned to see this summer, but I was too busy to visit so I never got to see what their campuses are all about.

"A&M has that atmosphere where the whole campus is into football and the fans and coaches are so supportive. I get the feeling I can spend four or five years there. Most recently, I was there from Friday (July 14) to Sunday for two camps. On Saturday I stayed with one of the players who I met at the spring game, Kellen Heard (defensive line, red shirt freshman). The edge about A&M is that I've been there enough that I've established a relationship with the coaches, and that the campus is only a three hour drive from home--it feels like it's down the street--so my mom could come watch my games," Miller said.

"All over the locker rooms at the University of Florida is posted that their program is in the top one percent in the nation. The football athletes also have an 80 percent graduation rate there. I get a similar feeling at Florida as I do at A&M with everyone being into football--that's playing at The Swamp. The only time I've been was on June 10 for camp.

"I play track too. I do the triple jump, long jump and 300 meter hurdles, but I do best at running 110 hurdles in 14.01 seconds. I think Texas Tech is interested in recruiting me, but with so many people wanting to do track in college, and college track teams being so small, no school seriously considers recruiting until our senior year. I would rather play only football in college, but if I get a scholarship in track too, then I may just do it in spring after football season," said Miller, a four-star linebacker ranked by as the 24th best in the county.

"My older brother, Kevin White, is a sophomore running back at Oklahoma State. He's the one I really look to for advice, and he gives me a lot of it. He says I should take my time and not let anyone pressure me into making a decision that I don't want to make. So I am going to take my official visits to my top two schools, and then I don't know when I will commit from there--whenever it seems right."

Miller had two TDs, 38 tackles and one interception his junior season; he bench presses 280, cleans 405 and vertically jumps 34 inches.

He reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1030/2400 SAT, but will retake it after school starts in August.

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