Ventrell Miller commits to Florida


Dec 31, 2016

By: Hasani Harper | H2 Athletes

Ventrell Miller can still remember the day he received the call from one of the coaches at Florida for that coveted in-state offer he was hoping to get.

“Throughout the whole process Coach Torrian Gray kept up with me from the time he switched from Virginia Tech to Florida,” Miller said. “He told me to just wait, that it [the offer] was going to come. I was just being patient. What he told me really came to light. The day I got it he called me. I was excited to have that offer.”

A little over a month later Miller was ready to secure his spot in the Gators 2017 recruiting class.

Kathleen High School Red Devils head coach, Irving Strickland, was not surprised by the early commitment Miller made to the Gators.

“When a kid commits, all I care about is if they are satisfied and happy,” Strickland said. “If the answer is yes, I support you 100 percent. I want a kid to commit to a school that they want to go to.”

Miller felt comfortable enough with the coaching staff’s consistent communication with him throughout the process, including a close bond he developed with current Gators defensive backs’ coach, Torrian Gray, who also played at Kathleen High School. His decision was solidified after taking his official visit to Gainesville on the weekend of January 13th.

“I didn’t know what to expect going into the visit, but it was very, very good,” Miller said. “I really enjoyed it and felt like I was right at home. I met everyone up there, including some of the former student-athletes. I found out what it is going to be like to play at Florida and the opportunities I will have when I go there.”

The 6’1”, 235 lbs. senior inside linebacker finished with 93 tackles (50 solo) with three sacks, a forced fumble and one safety. His effort during the season helped him receive another First Team All-County selection by The Ledger for the second straight season.

“Like most good football players on that defense, he made players around him better,” Strickland mentioned about Miller, “and those players made him better. He trusted in his teammates and made sure that everyone was held accountable.”

Miller feels the lessons he learned while at Kathleen have prepared him for the next level.

“I thank my coaching staff for being hard on me right now so I’ll already know how to come in at Florida and do what I do best,” Miller said. “Being physical, being aggressive to the ball and having that mindset not to quit. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. I was taught that out here [at Kathleen].”

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Ventrell Miller can still remember the day he received the call from one of the coaches at Florida for that coveted in-state offer he was hoping to get.

“Throughout the whole process Coach Torrian Gray kept up with me from the time he switched from Virginia Tech to Florida,” Miller said. “He told me to just wait, that it [the offer] was going to come. I was just being patient. What he told me really came to light. The day I got it he called me. I was excited to have that offer.”

A little over a month later Miller was ready to secure his spot in the Gators 2017 recruiting class.

Kathleen High School Red Devils head coach, Irving Strickland, was not surprised by the early commitment Miller made to the Gators.

“When a kid commits, all I care about is if they are satisfied and happy,” Strickland said. “If the answer is yes, I support you 100 percent. I want a kid to commit to a school that they want to go to.”

Miller felt comfortable enough with the coaching staff’s consistent communication with him throughout the process, including a close bond he developed with current Gators defensive backs’ coach, Torrian Gray, who also played at Kathleen High School. His decision was solidified after taking his official visit to Gainesville on the weekend of January 13th.

“I didn’t know what to expect going into the visit, but it was very, very good,” Miller said. “I really enjoyed it and felt like I was right at home. I met everyone up there, including some of the former student-athletes. I found out what it is going to be like to play at Florida and the opportunities I will have when I go there.”

The 6’1”, 235 lbs. senior inside linebacker finished with 93 tackles (50 solo) with three sacks, a forced fumble and one safety. His effort during the season helped him receive another First Team All-County selection by The Ledger for the second straight season.

“Like most good football players on that defense, he made players around him better,” Strickland mentioned about Miller, “and those players made him better. He trusted in his teammates and made sure that everyone was held accountable.”

Miller feels the lessons he learned while at Kathleen have prepared him for the next level.

“I thank my coaching staff for being hard on me right now so I’ll already know how to come in at Florida and do what I do best,” Miller said. “Being physical, being aggressive to the ball and having that mindset not to quit. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. I was taught that out here [at Kathleen].”

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