Surprise visitor ‘loved' trip to Louisville

"They look like a championship team right now," said Palatka (Fla.) High School athlete Josh Miller about the Orange Bowl-bound U of L Cardinals.

Flying under the radar for all who closely follow University of Louisville football recruiting, Palatka (Fla.) High School quarterback Josh Miller spent the weekend in the Derby City making an official visit with the Cardinal program.

"We actually scheduled my visit right after the end of the season," Miller told on Sunday.

Miller has spent the majority of his high school playing days behind center, running an option-style offense. As a senior, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound athlete racked up nearly 1,000 yards of offense - 688 of which came on the ground. Because of his elusiveness and speed, Miller is projected as a potential college wide receiver or defensive back.

"Coach Petrino said that he wants to keep me on offense and play receiver, but I could also play defense" said Miller, who holds scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Central Florida, Louisville, Miami and South Florida. "It doesn't really matter to me as long as I can play."

Miller said that he was impressed by the atmosphere at Freedom Hall on Saturday afternoon for the Cardinals annual rivalry game against Kentucky, but it was having the opportunity to see the Cardinals practice for their upcoming Orange Bowl that left the biggest impression.

"They look like a championship team right now by the way the practice," he said. "I really like the way they practice - everything is up-tempo."

U of L junior receiver Harry Douglas, a 1st Team All-Big East Conference selection, served as Miller's host during the trip. Miller was also joined by friend and fellow U of L recruiting target Rai-Shawn Wilson on the trip to Louisville.

"We loved everything about the place," said Miller, who traveled to and from Louisville with Wilson, a three-star running back. "The only concern that I had going up there was how far away it would be from home. They recruit a lot of Florida boys and that made it seem like home a little bit."

With his worries about distance lessened by his visit, Miller didn't hesitate when asked about current favorites.

"Louisville and Miami," he said.

With trips to Bowling Green and Louisville now complete, Miller says that he'll also visit Central Florida, Miami and South Florida before making a decision.

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