Florida Gators suffer recruiting blow in de-commitment of Christian Miller

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp reacts during the third quarter of the Sugar Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp lost a huge recruit when outside linebacker Christian Miller decided to weigh other options for his future. (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Florida coach Will Muschamp has pretty much been everything a Gators fan could have wanted in two years at the helm. Following the sudden, unexpected departure of Urban Meyer, Muschamp instilled a toughness in his team and recruited elite players to his program as he strives to lead the team to a national title.

However, after leading the Gators to 11 wins a year ago and then finishing the 2013 recruiting cycle with the No. 2-overall class nationally, Muschamp seems to have suffered one of his first major setbacks on the recruiting trail. Christian Miller, an ESPN150 player and the No. 2-rated outside linebacker in the country, has rescinded his verbal commitment and will be taking time to rethink his decision.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, according to ESPN RecruitingNation’s Derek Tyson.

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

Miller is the top-rated recruit in the state of South Carolina. After top-rated South Carolinians Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney both wound up with the Gamecocks, reeling Miller in would have been quite the coup. However, as the quotes above show, the Gators are not out of it — Muschamp and his staff simply have more work to do.

At 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, Miller initially committed to Florida over Florida State, Clemson, the aforementioned South Carolina and several others.

Miller’s decision drops Florida from nine to eight commitments for the 2014 recruiting class, with three (instead of four) within the ESPN150.

Muschamp assures fans that the losing streak to Georgia is all but over