‘They feel I'm a perfect fit'

Alabama hosted some of the top prospects in the South over the weekend for its 2014 spring game, including some of the top underclassmen in-state. Malik Miller is one of the highest rated sophomores in America and he returned to campus for another look at Alabama.

Malik Miller was eager to return to Tuscaloosa in order to take in the campus for the first time since receiving his Alabama offer the last time he made it to town. The Madison (Ala.) Madison Academy sophomore is already a four-star on Scout.com and has become a priority for the in-state power.

"‘Bama was awesome Saturday!" he said. "I had a really great visit down there, I talked to the coaches and players and some more commits.

"With the coaches, it was mainly about how they feel I'm a perfect fit for the program, what it takes to play at Alabama and that they really want me to play for ‘Bama. With commits, we were just talking about high school and each other's recruiting process and I was talking with familiar players that I know from home like Reggie Ragland."

Head coach Nick Saban and assistant Kevin Steele spent the most time with Miller, who is projected as a linebacker on Scout. However, he plays running back and special teams at Madison Academy as well.

Alabama is recruiting him as such.

"They were talking more in an athlete terms," he said of the coaches. "Sort of what I can do on both sides of the ball. But I believe Coach Steele really wants me to play defense, and I don't have a problem with playing defense in college."

Preferring to play offense for the most part with a 6-foot, 229 pound frame, his eyes were on the offense during the spring game itself.

"I noticed the offense being more dynamic in their passing game," Miller said. "Getting the ball to multiple guys. I think once the QB situation is figured out, then Alabama can put together another great season."

The sophomore's versatility has him among the most coveted in the state regardless of class, already with offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in addition to Alabama thus far.

While a fan of the SEC, the two-way talent is looking for more.

"I'm still wide open, I still don't have offers from schools that I can definitely see myself playing for," he said. "I am thankful and blessed to have what I have, but it's still early in the process so there's no need to start shutting things down."

Miller was the Class 3A state championship game MVP as a sophomore, rushing for 168 yards and a touchdown in the final against Leeds (Ala.) High. He totaled 28 scores and nearly 1,700 yards on the ground, while setting the tone defensively with 67 tackles, more than two sacks and four interceptions in 2013.


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