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Unfortunately for Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview standout offensive lineman Drew Miller and his teammates, his season ended a little earlier than they had hoped for. "We had a young team and things didn't happen the way we wanted them to," he said.

"We're done for the season. I'm now getting ready to compete in nationals for weight lifting. It's olympic style competition, ages 17-21. My snatch is up to 290 (pounds) and my clean and jerk is up to 345. I got fourth last year when I was 17 and I'm a lot stronger this year so I think I'll do pretty well."

Miller, 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, will then begin preparing for track season. He finished 10th and 13th in the state as a junior in the shot and discus, respectively. "I'm trying to get back (to states) and hopefully win it."

Oh, and Miller's a pretty good football player as well. The talented lineman, who will play in the Army All-American game, is one of the most heavily recruited linemen in the entire country. He took his first official visit last weekend.

"I went up to Georgia for the weekend," he said. "It was my first official visit so I got to see a lot of new things. Georgia's a great place. I had a chance to talk to their best offensive lineman, who is actually from Florida. His name is Max Jean Gilles. We just talked, he was telling me how nice it is there. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the campus, the players, the coaches, everything. It was a nice trip but then again, it was my first one."

Miller has four other visits scheduled for later in the recruiting season.

"Next up is Miami on the 12th of December," he said. "Then Florida is January 9th, Tennessee on the 16th, and Florida State on the 23rd. After that, I'll be done and I'll be ready to sit down and make the right decision. It's going to be hard because I like them all. I did like Miami and Florida a lot earlier but they're all up there now."

The talented lineman said he's had a chance to watch a few Miami games in person this year and still talks to UM coaches on a weekly basis.

"Coach Kehoe and I talk," he said. "They've had a tough time scoring points lately but Coach Kehoe said the guys are making a lot of mistakes. They have players, but they're just inexperienced at certain spots. He just tells me how much they want me and how well I would fit into their offensive line. I've been there a few times and I really like it. They're definitely one of my top choices."

Miller, a full qualifier, has scholarship offers from all five programs.

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