It’s probably not a reach to say that Wyatt Miller is likely to be the first blueberry picker who will ever wear a UCF Knights football uniform.
Miller, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound nimble offensive tackle from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee High, became the third commitment to the Knights 2014 recruiting class on Saturday while in town for an unofficial visit.
“I had to go ahead and tell them I wanted to come to UCF,” Miller said of his visit. “All the facilities are great and it’s not that far from home and my family loved it down there.
“It just seemed like a great atmosphere and I really like the coaching staff and Coach [George] O’Leary was a big part of it and Coach [Brent] Key, the offensive line coach. I didn’t get to meet them the first time I came down so that kind of sealed the deal for me.”
Miller said it’s about a four-hour drive from Orlando to his family’s 12-acre blueberry farm in Nichols, Ga., where the Millers log long hours handpicking berries by the six-pound buckets.
“I can pick a bucket in about 10-15 minutes. I move through them pretty quick,” Miller said Monday from Georgia. “I probably eat more than I pick though.”
He said he moves around pretty quickly on his feet too, for a big guy. Miller said he’s agile, which also allows him to be a three-sport athlete. He also plays basketball and baseball at Coffee. He’ll play offensive tackle at UCF.
“I’m pretty athletic … I’m big but I can move,” Miller said. “I’m not like stuck in one place. A lot of guys are huge and can block and all but can’t move. With me playing three sports it’s really helped me with my athletic ability. In college they can still put a ton of weight on me and put me where they want and I’ll still be fine.”
He joins RB C.J. Jones of Port Orange Atlantic and DE Sedrick King of Plant City in the Knights 2014 recruiting class.
“Now I can finally sit back and just play football and not have to worry about making a decision,” said Miller, who has an infectious personality and a quick wit.
He picked the Knights over offers from Western Kentucky and Marshall, among others. He said he was also getting interest from Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.
A baseball first baseman and basketball center, Miller hit .330 on the diamond, but said he wasn’t a big scorer on the basketball team.
“I averaged five fouls,” he laughed.
He grew up a Georgia Bulldog fan and preferred not to talk about UCF’s victory over Georgia in the 2010 Liberty Bowl.
“Yeah, they brought that up the other day. I decided not to even think about that,” he said. “I’m a huge Bulldogs’ fan, but when I get [to UCF] all that will definitely change. … I guess I can have two teams, as long as we don’t play them.”
Another selling point for Miller about UCF was the Knights move to the new American Athletic Conference.
“I’ve been a huge college football fan my whole life, and so I already knew about UCF even before they were in a big conference. I knew it was a good football program,” Miller said. “And now that they are moving up, that proves it.”
When he’s not picking blueberries, he likes to hunt and fish and he said he can’t wait to get to Orlando for good.
“I’m really excited about playing at UCF,” Miller said. “Coach Key got me fired up the other day.”
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