At 6-foot-7, 265-pounds, Patrick Miller has the size that college coaches are looking for in an offensive tackle.
A former tight end that continues to grow into his massive frame, Miller grabbed the attention of some of the country’s top schools with a solid junior campaign at Dwyer High in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
With a bevy of offers in front of him, Miller has narrowed the scope of his recruitment process to one conference.
“Auburn and LSU are out front, and Florida is up there, too,” he said. “It’s so hard to pick because I like what I’ve seen from them all. I loved their campuses. The two that I liked most were LSU and Auburn, because they had the more southern feel to it. It’s just laid back.”
Unlike many prospects, Miller won’t allow his recruitment to drag too far into his final year of high school. Instead, don’t be surprised if the Sunshine State standout is part of someone’s recruiting class before the end of the summer.
“I want to try and get all my visits out of the way so that I can make the decision at the beginning of school, and hopefully it does come before then,” Miller said. “I am not drained yet, but I get the feeling that with all the coaches and people calling and coming by that I soon will want it over with. I know the schools I like, so I am going to try and focus on those programs and find out as much as I can.”
Coming from the same high school that turned out three LSU prospects of interest in the last signing class, Miller is familiar with the Tigers from the positive reviews that the Dwyer Trio – Nick O’Leary, Jacoby Brissett, and Curt Maggitt – brought back from their official visit last fall.
Miller then got an up close look at the campus this past spring, taking in an afternoon practice followed by a tour of the facilities.
After the visit, the Tigers leaped to the front of his board.
“I just loved it,” Miller said. “Not just the program, but also the culture. That’s the first thing I usually say to people when they ask me about LSU.
“The simple fact that they have great food is enough for a guy like me. It’s a pretty good recruiting pitch. I gained all kinds of weight on the trip. I had crawfish for the first time and ended up eating 10 pounds. I couldn’t get full (laughing).
“When I went to practice down there, it was intense, and that stood out most. They started off with the Big Cat Drill, and the linemen were just roughing each other up. I wanted to be out there getting after it once I saw that.”
The LSU staff then made a trip to see Miller in his neck of the woods, a move that the four-star offensive tackle prospect said set the Tigers apart from the competition.
“I had gotten to know [wide receivers] Coach [Billy] Gonzales from recruiting the Florida area and being at the school over the years, so that’s where the LSU relationship started,” he said. “But then coach Stud came down to see me this spring, and I was sort of shocked. For them to send my position coach all the way from Louisiana, and not just the area recruiter, that let me know how bad LSU wants me.
“Coach Stud is the man, and we have a pretty good relationship going now. I am ready to get back to LSU again and see everything I didn’t before. Even though an exact date hasn't been set, I'll be getting back to Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit sometime this summer. It probably won't be to camp, but just to hang around and get a better feel for it all.”