With most of the hoopla focusing on national signing day and who was going where, the USF staff got some more good news the eve before when Palmetto Stand-out quarterback Trent Miller accepted a preferred walk-on invitation to USF.
"Yes I decided to take the preferred walk-on offer with USF," said Miller. "I've already been accepted and it's official."
The 6-foot-2, 205 pound quarterback said one of the biggest reasons why he chose to play for USF was the Bulls head Coach Skip Holtz and what he stands for.
"I spoke to Coach Holtz a couple of times and I just love everything he stands for," said Miller. "He's just a really great coach, a great guy, and really seems to care about his players, and I liked that a lot."
Miller said that the Bulls have been recruiting him for a few months and that Coach Holtz came down to see him about a month ago and they've had great conversations since.
"He's a very encouraging coach and a guy to talk to," said Miller. "I'm just grateful that he's giving me this opportunity."
Miler, an All-State, all-area quarterback for Palmetto, and had some small school offers from Wagner, Sacred Heart, and Monmouth as well as preferred walk-on offers from Indiana and UCF, but turned them down to take the preferred walk-on offer with the Bulls.
"After I got back from my visit to Wagner, I sat down weighed the pros and cons of each school, and USF just fit everything I wanted in a school," said Miller. "They offer so much for a student and as an athlete, it's close to the support staff I have, and you can't beat playing division I football."
"I went to a few games last year and watched them as much as I could on TV," said Miller. "I love the way the play football. When I tell people I'm going to USF they're just stunned. They're one of the top rising programs in the nation."
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Miller finished his senior year with close to 2,500 yards passing, 32 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions and had a passer rating of 164.9. He also scored 6 times on the ground. He was named to the 5A All-State third team, All-Area First Team Quarterback, and awarded team MVP for Offense.
"I'm definitely more of a pro-style QB, I can get out of the pocket and make plays, but I'm not going to break long runs. I'm a tough runner with big legs, but I look downfield more than I look to run," said Miller. "My best assets are my leadership qualities and my work ethic. On the field, it's my accuracy, and I try to have as many missed throws as I can. I know how to command and lead my team down the field."
Miller visited USF for a junior day during the spring and loved everything about the school, campus, and football program.
"I think the campus is just beautiful and I really liked it," said Miller. "I love the fact that they are a big university and not a small school. It had a great campus feel."
"The athletic facilities are just amazing, and better then every other school that I saw," said Miller. "They have a great weight room and their practice complex is incredible."
Another big reason for accepting the preferred walk-on offer was after talking with Coach Holtz about how he treats his walk-ons.
"Coach Holtz spoke about how he was a walk-on at Notre Dame, and how they treat walk-ons the same as scholarship players. Just to hear that from a former walk-on was very encouraging and exciting."
"USF has also had a lot of walk-ons that became great success stories with the program is really incredible," said Miller. "Guys like Mistral Raymond, who's from Palmetto, Chaz Hine and others over the last 4-5 years really say something. They do a great job recruiting."
Miller was also a standout athlete in Baseball, and was the captain on his basketball team also. Off the field he carries a 3.9 GPA and scored an 1810 on his SAT and a 26 on the ACT.
Now that he's made his decision, Miller talks about how he feels to be a Bull.
"It's the most exciting thing ever for me," said Miler. "I've always dreamed of this and that's why I moved to Florida. Now that I have this opportunity it's like a dream come true for me. To play for such a great program under such a great coach, words can't describe my feeling."
"I'm going to come in work hard and learn from the coaches and great quarterbacks that they have on the roster," said Miller. "All I ask for is the opportunity, and Coach Holtz has given it tome. I'm more than excited about it!"