With the Class of 2013 winding down, the Gators have started to turn their attention more and more towards the Class of 2014.
On Saturday, Florida offered 2014 Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller after a film evaluation.
“I talked to coach (Brian) White on the phone first,” Miller said. “Then he gave the phone to coach (Brad) Lawing who offered me a scholarship. He said that he and coach (Will) Muschamp had a staff meeting and watched my film and they were ready to offer me. Coach Lawing said coach Muschamp was excited to offer me.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Miller has good connection to Lawing, Florida’s new defensive ends coach, and a relationship with him.
“Coach Lawing coached my dad at South Carolina when he played there,” Miller said. “So I know him from that, and he recruited me while he was South Carolina. I know him really well, and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. His coaching style and experience stands out to me.”
Miller doesn’t know much about Florida as he hasn’t visited them yet, but he knows he likes the Gators’ defense a lot.
“They have a really good team at Florida,” Miller said. “I like the 3-4 style of defense they run, because they play a Buck linebacker and that’s what I would play there. I think I’m good fit in their defense, and they are physical on defense, too.”
While Florida just offered Miller this weekend, he already has a top 8 that includes the newly offered Gators in it.
“I don’t have a leader or anything right now,” Miller said. “But my top 8 is Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina. I think I’m missing one, but I’m not sure who I’m missing.”
Miller is in the process right now of scheduling his visits and plans to see Florida either in February or March. He said he will make a decision when he finds the right fit.