Can Louisville sway two-star UNLV LB commit?

Horace Miller will be visiting the University of Louisville this weekend after receiving an offer last week. Miller is verbally committed to UNLV but an offer from the Big East school has prompted him to take an official visit.

The two-star linebacker prospect from three-time defending State Champion Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar had 29 sacks this year. He committed to UNLV Head Coach Mike Sanford when he took his official in December. After a week of speculation that he gave a soft verbal he confirmed his choice was solid.

"Everyone was pressuring me to talk about my trip and my conversations with Coach Andre Patterson so I just wanted to put an end to it," said the All-State Linebacker. "I really like UNLV and it will take a lot to change my mind."

Horace Miller was very comfortable with his decision and he thought he was done with his recruiting, but a recent coaching change opened the door for another opportunity. Coach Larry Slade was recently hired by Head Coach Steve Kragthorpe. Coach Slade had spent the previous ten years as part of Phil Fulmer's staff at Tennessee. Coach Slade has been a big fan of Miller since the summer when Miller spent some time at the Tennessee football camp.

"He always kept in touch with me," said Miller. I really like him and he showed a lot of interest from the beginning. When he got hired at Louisville he offered me right away. I definitely didn't expect this."

Besides his relationship with Coach Slade the appeal of playing in the Big East Conference and being much closer for his family and friends to see him play has led to Miller accepting the official visit.

"After talking with my family, friends and coaches I thought I should at least go on the visit," he said. "Coach Slade has been very respectful of my situation and didn't try to push me into it. Because of the coaching change an opportunity for me opened up and I think it in that case it is fine for a coach to contact a player, even if they are committed."

Miller was concerned about how the staff at UNLV would take the news. "I called Coach Patterson at UNLV and told him of my plans. I was really surprised about how he took the news," he said. "I feel that he wants me to make sure I make the right decision and that means a lot to me. That says a lot about him and the staff at UNLV," said Miller. "I know it puts out UNLV a bit. That is why I wanted to be up front so they would know what I am doing. I just want to make sure I look at every situation and pick the best opportunity for myself."

Miller will be taking the official visit this weekend and then take an unofficial with his mother next weekend. After that he will decide where he will spend the next four years.


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