Posted: 12:23 pm Thursday, January 12th, 2012
By Jeff Greer
In an otherwise ho-hum recruiting year for Palm Beach County, Dwyer offensive tackle Patrick Miller provided a bit of a shock Thursday, enrolling in classes at Auburn after holding a verbal commitment to LSU for months.
Miller (6-7, 270, No. 4 on the Big Board) verbally committed to LSU in early September, picking the Tigers over Auburn. There were no public indications that Miller was thinking about switching his school choice ahead of Thursday’s bombshell. Several reports said LSU had no room for Miller to enroll for the second semester, forcing the offensive tackle to make his decision.
Auburn media relations didn’t have any information regarding Miller’s switch. There was no timeline provided for when he enrolled at Auburn or even switched commitments. An Auburn spokesman did say Miller cleared compliance without any issues and was on campus. Miller refused comment per his dad’s request, but did release a recorded audio statement through Auburn.
Miller said Auburn was a better choice for him “as a person,” citing a close relationship with Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who was his main recruiter. He also mentioned incoming freshman quarterback Zeke Pike and offensive lineman Shane Callahan, who both enrolled early with Miller this week.
“I know I had a better chance to play earlier here,” Miller said. “My relationship with coach Grimes, I talked to him a lot. We have a good relationship. I know he knows a lot about players like me, offensive linemen that’re tall. He can relate to how I play. I just figured that Auburn was the better choice. I’ve visited here before. I’m friends with Zeke Pike and Shane and all them, they’re good guys, so that made this decision easier.”
A Post All-Area first teamer two years in a row, Miller joins former Park Vista standout running back Tre Mason and Jupiter alum Cody Parkey, a kicker, at Auburn, which won the BCS national championship in 2011.
Miller was ranked in the Rivals top 250 recruits in the nation and the 27th best offensive tackle. He was widely considered one of the top 50 seniors in Florida.