Miller takes in Tuscaloosa

Many prospects were in Tuscaloosa over the weekend to check out Alabama's first spring practice, but the youngest recruit there got as much attention as some of the rising seniors already holding an Alabama offer.

Unlike many prospect that take in Tuscaloosa, Malik Miller has options. Not only is Nick Saban and company recruiting the class of 2016 prospect, likely to offer later in the process, but the 6-foot, 210-pound freshman us being courted as both a linebacker and a running back by Alabama.

Over the weekend, he took in the defending champs' first spring practice.

"It was a nice visit, I've already been up there before but the new weight room facility was real nice, I wanted to see them practice," he added.

Upon watching the action, Miller had to bounce back and fourth to track both position groups he excels in for state champion Madison (Ala.) Academy.

"I tried to balance it out," he admitted. "I paid attention to the defense during individual drills at the beginning, but when they went to team I paid attention to the offensive part.

"Just on some of the drills, I saw a lot of really good drills I could do on my own but it takes hard work to be there."

Miller noticed plenty at practice.

"No doubt, it was high-intensity," he said. "Nobody was standing there, everybody was moving, running and doing what they were supposed to do. It was high intense."

"When I got there, I took a tour of the new facilities," he continued of his day. "Then, after, I got to talk to some of the coaches.

"I met the new coaches for my area, Coach [Doug] Nussmeier, the offensive coordinator."

Sitting down with the head coach was next up.

"Coach Saban told me they're really recruiting me, I'm a high recruit," said Miller. "And to stay focused and keep doing what I'm doing, they said eventually I'l get an offer from them."

As usual, the freshman's position came up once more.

"I told them I'm not choosing one side of the ball this early and they agreed, they think I can play either side of the ball for them so they're not pushing me to go either way," he said. "Coach Saban said to stay focused, stay in school and focus on the here and now instead of the future and offers."

Saban talked about an offer down the road, and Miller already holds verbal extensions from Vanderbilt and Auburn. Still, it's way too early for him to be naming favorites, he says.

"It would be nice to get an offer from them," he admitted. "Until then, they're just one of the top schools I would choose.

"But I'm not really leaning towards anybody right now."

Instead, Miller is appreciative of his solid Saturday for now.

"It was just a great day, and the weather was nice outside so it was a god practice," he recalled. "The coaches were all into it and they talked to me on the sides as well.

"My dad really liked the coaches, they were real genuine. They weren't just trying to talk to me, they were communicating with me."

Miller will likely attend Alabama's July camp, among others.


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