South Carolina LB Christian Miller and Jacksonville Raines OG Travaris Dorsey committed to Florida's 2014 recruiting class on Saturday (Feb. 16). (MILLER PHOTO BY PHELAN EBENHACK FOR THE SENTINEL; DORSEY PHOTO COURTESY TRAVARIS DORSEY / February 17, 2013)
The Florida Gators reeled in three junior-day commitments on Saturday, to bring their Class of 2014 total to six with the additions of Jacksonville Raines offensive guard Travaris Dorsey (6-3, 295), Deland offensive tackle Ben Knox (6-5, 260) and South Carolina linebacker Christian Miller (6-4, 215).
The Sentinel caught up with Miller via Facebook messenger late Saturday night and the Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley High star was somewhat shocked by the amount of attention he received Saturday once news of his UF commitment went public.
“It's crazy! But at least I know they have an awesome fan base!” Miller wrote following a long day of answering his phone during the barrage of calls from various media outlets that cover the Gators.
Miller said once he weighed all of his options, it was clear to him that UF is the place for his future.
“First and foremost, I am so blessed and thankful for this opportunity,” Miller wrote. “I chose Florida because I feel like it's the best fit for me academically, as well as athletically. Also I feel comfortable with the coach, as well as the campus and I feel like I made the right choice.
“I was also considering Alabama, Florida State and Georgia.”
Miller, like his fellow Saturday Gator pledges, realizes the long road it will be until National Signing Day 2014, but he’s not concerned about keeping his commitment.
“It won't be hard because I've been praying about it and I also did my research so I'm confident with my decision,” Miller wrote.
He had an impressive junior season at Spring Valley, racking up 121 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
As for Dorsey, the big lineman was pleased to be able to make future plans for a school that’s not too far from home.
He told ESPN.com’s Derek Tyson: "I decided to commit because they have a great team and a great educational program," Dorsey said. "Plus it's close to home, only about a 45-minute drive. That makes it easier for my mom and pops to come see me play."
Dorsey also had offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The biggest surprise of the day was Knox, who said Saturday morning that he figured he might get a scholarship offer from the Gators, but he didn’t hedge that he might go ahead and commit. Read Knox’s reaction to becoming a Gator pledge by clicking here.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.