William T. Dwyer High is one of Florida’s most well known programs, a talent-rich school that turns out plenty of FBS prospects year in and year out.
On Friday night, LSU made their move to lure one of 2012’s top talents out of Palm Beach Gardens.
Patrick Miller, a four-star prospect and the No. 31-ranked offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com, went public with his decision to play for LSU and Les Miles. Miller chose LSU over Auburn, the other finalist that he debated through the summer months.
But in the end, LSU had too many things working in their favor.
Miller had made multiple visits to Baton Rouge, and Miles and his staff had made just as many visits to see Miller in south Florida.
Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, who was on Florida’s staff with Urban Meyer, was perhaps the biggest impact coach, able to use his connections at Dwyer to keep LSU in Miller’s ears.
“The big key was Billy Gonzales has recruited our school for a long time,” said Dwyer head coach Jack Daniels. “He has ties there. When he went to LSU, he came back into Florida and recruited hard.”
Gonzales and LSU swung and missed on three Dwyer prospects in 2011, but they found their mark with Miller.
“(Miller) really liked Miles,” Daniels said. “I mean, Patrick and his dad really like coach Miles a lot. Coach Miles was an offensive lineman, and they hit it off.
“Patrick said after that they he wanted to be a part of things over there at LSU.”
Why go public now?
“(Miller) wants to focus on his high school season,” Daniels said. “He said all along that once he knew he would get it done. He loves LSU, so he went ahead and got it done.
“We are all really proud of him. He’s got a great offensive line coach that really helped him out. Now he’s headed to LSU, and we are just happy for him.”
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