The Alabama Crimson Tide had some of the top prospects in the state on campus Friday or its second-annual Champions Cookout. The guest list included one of the fastest-risers within Yellowhammer State lines, Coynis Miller.
The Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin class of 2018 defensive lineman picked up offers from Auburn and Bowling Green in the last month or so and the defending national champions joined the mix with an offer, too.
"I was down there at the picnic...I kind of thought the offer would come when school starts or when the season started, I didn't know they were going to offer me right then," he said. "I really couldn't say nothing, it is just a blessing to have it.
"I grew up a 'Bama fan, always. It feels good [having the offer]."
Tabbed as one of the top players in the state among rising-juniors already on Scout, Miller isn't rushing into the recruiting process despite the increased attention or his affinity for the program responsible for his latest offer.
"The main thing I like is really tradition," he said of UA. "They have a good tradition and you know it's all business. They just take care of everything. But I'm just seeing how it all plays out because I'm looking for the right school that fits me.
"We have a high school season to finish. We're trying to get to the playoffs."
The Tuscaloosa trip was the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder's first to campus as a prospect, where seeing the weight room was among the standout moments.
During the cookout, Miller and company were also able to see the lighter side of the recruiting process.
"It was just calm, real calm, everyone was just out there laughing and eating," he said. "It was really good to be there."
Working out with select prospects earlier in the day, the scholarship was a result of Nick Saban's observation, among others.
"He said they he liked me at camp and how athletic I was," Miller said. "And how I could get real low, move my hips and stuff."
Jackson-Olin, which also features four-star Auburn linebacker commitment T.D. Moultry, opens the 2016 season against crosstown foe Woodlawn on August 19.