'It's an offer that I've worked for'

One of the top sophomores in the South is running back and linebacker prospect Malik Miller. The two-time state champion added Alabama to his offer list on Saturday while in Tuscaloosa for a junior day visit and he shares his thoughts on the news inside.

It's been a good few months for Malik Miller.

The class of 2016 Madison (Ala.) Academy standout holds several SEC offers, he powered his Mustangs to the Class 3A state championship crown and took home MVP honors in the process, and several top coaches in the conference like Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn have personally checked up on him of late.

On Saturday, the two-way standout visited Alabama and learned of some more big news when Saban let him know he can add the Crimson Tide to his growing offer list.

"Coach Saban said it out of his own mouth when we were in his office," Miller said. "We were talking about my film and my style of running and how I remind him of the pas great running backs like Mark (Ingram)and Trent (Richardson). And he said he sees me being that guy in the future and having lots of playing time by the time I get there.

"He said I'm offered, he's definitely offered me and he wants me playing for the Crimson Tide."

Several emotions overcame the 6-foot, 223-pounder after the news broke.

"I was like 'wow,' he's finally pulled the trigger!" he said. "It made me realize that hard work comes a long way and that I need to keep working so I can be better.

"They offered me as a running back. That's what I wanted, but I'm still open though. Too early and too soon to start narrowing down and making a decision."

Miller already held an extension from AU and Vanderbilt within the SEC, and he felt like Alabama's was around the corner, too.

"I feel relieved and also humbled. It's an offer that I've worked for," he said. "Many athletes want the opportunity to play and I was given the opportunity. It's a fantastic feeling.

"I was hoping it happened today because 'Bama has been up to the school like three different times within a two-week span."

The sophomore's time on campus Saturday featured a campus tour, jersey presentation, a closer look at the new football facilities and more time with the full coaching staff, including Lane Kiffin.

The overall feel of the current players and the staff stood out to Miller on this day.

"Just how positive the whole coaching staff was about the upcoming season," he said. "The hunger they have to redeem themselves is something you can feel when you talk to them and to the players.

"(Kiffin and I) are still trying to build a relationship, he came up to the school last week."

Miller rushed for 168 yards and two scores on 20 carries in the state title game, capping another great season as a pounding running back and stout outside linebacker.

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