by Jeff Barlis
Patrick Miller has what scouts call an ideal frame for an offensive lineman. The Palm Beach, Fla., Dwyer left tackle stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 270 pounds with plenty of room for another 30-40 pounds. He’s agile and strong.
One can easily see why UF, with its needs on the o-line, has Miller high up on its list of targets. And the feeling is mutual.
I talked with Miller at the Nike Football Training Camp in Tallahassee on Sunday, April 17. You can watch the video below in which Miller talks about his recruitment.
He says he is set on playing in the SEC and his top three teams are Florida, Auburn and LSU. The quote that will make Gator fans happy is this: “I love Gainesville. It’s an in-state school and they’re in the SEC, so it’s definitely one of my top picks. It’s going to be hard not to go there.”
With plenty of interior linemen on the roster, Florida would love to add four or even five offensive tackles in its class of 2012.
Miller aims to graduate in December, enroll early and play in his school’s spring football game.
In the video Miller also talked about his four Dwyer teammates who play for the Gators — starting safety Matt Elam, slot receiver Robert Clark, tight end/fullback/linebacker Gerald Christian and Jacoby Brissett, Miller’s quarterback last season at Dwyer.
“Obviously they all try to promote Florida, which is great,” Miller said. “It’s a good resource to have. … It seems like Dwyer kids do really well at Florida.”
If the Gators get their wish, there could be another Dwyer kid coming soon.