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Friday, May 17, 2013
Florida loses key commitment in LB Miller

By Kipp Adams



Florida's No. 4 recruiting class took a huge hit Friday as one of its top pledges said he is no longer committed.

Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina, No. 2 outside linebacker in the country and No. 76 in the ESPN 150.

"After a lot of hard thinking and discussions with my parents, I have respectfully decided to open my recruitment back up," Miller said.

Miller originally committed to Florida on Feb. 16 over offers from Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina, among others. Now the 6-foot-4, 212-pound linebacker feels the need to take a step back and rethink his decision.

"I feel like I should take a look at some schools that I might not have been able to see earlier and also I want to make sure I made the right choice for me and my future, instead of just for a specific coach or scheme," Miller said.

That does not mean Will Muschamp and his staff cannot regain the services of the standout pass-rusher down the road. Miller -- who made 121 tackles, 14 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and forced four fumbles as a junior -- said he is considering all schools at this time, making the Gators very much still in the mix.

"Everyone is still under consideration, honestly, but right now Florida, Alabama and Tennessee are who I've had the most contact with," Miller said.

The loss of Miller puts Florida at eight commitments for the 2014 class, three from the ESPN 150.