When Jaylen Miller's coach called him into his office Wednesday, the Gaffney (S.C.) junior defensive tackle had no idea what was up. As it turned out, he was about to get good news.
"He said the phone was for me," Miller recalled. "It was Florida on the phone. I talked to [defensive coordinator Dan Quinn]. He offered. That brightened my day. I was kind of surprised."
For the 6-feet-3, 265-pound Miller, the Gators offer was No. 5. They joined Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and Alabama State. After speaking with Florida, Miller said he told "a lot of people" about his newest offer.
Now, he is optimistic more attention will come his way.
"I hope it will spark other offers to come about," Miller said. "Of course, I'm going to do my best my senior year to try to help it. But hopefully, this will help get my name out."
A three-year starter, Miller recorded 10 sacks in 2011.
Thus far, he has visited both Clemson and North Carolina. He plans to hit the road a few more times in the coming weeks and months.
"I don't know for sure when I'm going, but I know I'm going to Florida, and to Wake, and I'll take trips to Duke and LSU," Miller said. "I called the coach at LSU yesterday. I'm trying to get down there as soon as school lets out. Everyone I've talked to wants me to come to their school as soon as possible.
Who might be next to offer?
"Honestly, I don't know," Miller said. "I've been calling around, talking to coaches. I talked to the coach from Maryland. We've been keeping in contact. I called Western Kentucky. I called LSU."