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Miller Merriweather-Lewis likes Florida, Miami early
In-state rivals Florida and Miami have went head-to-head for more than a dozen prospects in the last two recruiting cycles, and there’s already a battle brewing in the 2020 class.
Miller Merriweather-Lewis is an offensive lineman from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla. 247Sports ranks him as the nation’s No. 4 guard and No. 91 overall prospect for 2020.
The 6-foot-3, 302-pound sophomore already holds more than a dozen offers, including Auburn, Florida, Miami and Michigan. Two programs stand out early and he visited both this summer.
“Miami and Florida,” said Miller Merriweather-Lewis, who doesn’t plan to commit until his senior season. “Those are the main schools hitting me up right now. To be honest, they’re at the same level right now.”
At this stage in his recruitment, Miller Merriweather-Lewis said he’s most comfortable with the Miami coaches because they offered him first. He also a comfort level with the Florida staff.
“They always come up to the school and visit,” Miller Merriweather-Lewis said. “During the spring [evaluated period], they made every visit they could. I know these guys really want me because they keep talking to me and stopping by my school.”
Vanguard High recently produced top-200 quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who signed with Miami in the Class of 2017. His presence in Coral Gables will help the Hurricanes with Miller Merriweather-Lewis, who is no stranger to the U.
“I’ve always grown up liking Miami. I know the history real well,” he said. “If I go there, I know I’ll feel at home because my quarterback N’Kosi Perry goes there. It would be a real honor to block for him again because I know he’s a great player.”
Miller Merriweather-Lewis naturally has that home feeling on Florida’s campus, which is located a half hour away from his house. He even has a UF alum in his family.
“With the Gators, it’s just that I know Florida real well,” Miller Merriweather-Lewis said. “I know it like the back of my hand. I can go to any classroom at any time. I always showed up because I had a cousin that went to Florida. I was born and raised in Ocala, so I’ve always thought about going there.”
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