Miller healthy and working hard

Within Alabama's historical class of 2014, were several strong positoin groups. The most notable on offense was along the offensive line, but on defense it was the linebacker group. One of the top names on the list, Christian Miller, had to deal with an injury before national signing day - but he's back to 100 percent.

After all of the accolades, historical comparisons, star analysis, projections and more -- the class of 2014 seems to be a distant memory at this point for Alabama.

Despite closing out the cycle with five-star after five-star, finishing with a Scout.com record seven five-star prospects in the singular group, the news now-a-days is all about the class of 2015. In fact, Nick Saban and company already have double-digit prospects on board for that group with the Monday pledge of four-star Montrell Custis.

But in taking a look at that banner group in 2014, specifically on defense and on the linebacker lineup, the names are ones that Crimson Tide fans will soon become very familiar with. Rashaan Evans spurned his local school for Alabama on national signing day, Keith Holcombe flipped to the Tide from Mississippi State and Christian Miller was once a Florida commitment before signing with UA despite the loss of his lead recruiter and family friend Chris Rumph to Texas.

The trio will each be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday to see another member of the 2014 linebacker haul, early enrollee Shaun Hamilton, and the rest of the Crimson Tide players in action one final time this spring on A-Day. Evans is coming off of mentoring younger prospects in his area, Holcombe is wrapping up another solid baseball season and Miller is working hard now that he's back at 100 percent.

The No. 5 outside linebacker on Scout in 2014, Miller was unable to up his ranking at the very end like Evans and Holcombe did because of an ongoing back issue. He played with it throughout his senior season at Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley High School, putting in more than 20 sacks and 100 tackles despite constant pain. In December, he elected to have the procedure instead of waiting until after the Janary Under Armour All-America Game, which a dozen Crimson Tide commitments and eventual signees participated in.

More than three months later, things are rounding back into shape for the former Scout 100 talent.

"Everything's been great, just enjoying my last couple of months here," he said, before confirming his plans to be in Tuscaloosa one last time as an onlooker this weekend.

Miller hit the "all clear" mark to begin training at 100 percent function.

"It's doing really well," he said. "I've been cleared for a while. I'm back to going heavvy and have been doing so."

The time back at full strength has also enabled him to add weight, something that was often brought up during his recruitment when projecting his position at 6-foot-4, around 200 pounds.

"I'm probably 212 (pounds), which is good because I did drop to like 198 from surgery," Miller said. "The weight has kind of just come on its own, I haven't really eaten different or drank shakes, really."

The 'Bama bound senior, who will report to Tuscaloosa this summer, has been projected by the staff to begin playing at either the SAM or JACK linebacker spot.


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