Air Traffic Controller

Take an in-depth look at one of the Tide's top signees.

Demarcus Milliner Rating: Five-Star
Size: 6-1, 180-pounds
Hometown; Stanhope Elmore High School
Millbrook, Ala.
Projected position at UA: Cornerback

Stats: Milliner made 78 tackles as a senior, three interceptions, 10 pass break-ups, and caused two forced fumbles. He returned one kickoff for a touchdown on special teams. Milliner made five catches on offense for 83 yards and a touchdown, and had 51 carries for 487 yards and seven touchdowns.

Commit Date: 6/4/09

Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee

Why Alabama: "I love the tradition of the program. I will get a great education at Alabama. I will have a great opportunity for playing time. Those were some of the main reasons I decided to commit to Alabama."

Strengths and Improvements: "I am really fast, and I play aggressive. I have good closing speed and can cover a lot of ground. I want to continue to improve my skills as a cornerback. I need to work on my back pedal."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach Jeff Foshee): "With Demarcus's tremendous God-given ability he can play a variety of positions well. We used him on defense at free safety because he can cover so much ground, and he's a ball hawk. If we had used him at corner they'd just throw it to the other side.

"But I understand why Alabama's looking at him as a corner. They want someone tall, rangy who can run, and Demarcus certainly fits that bill. What's going to make Demarcus a great college corner is his instincts, his feel for the game, his outstanding leaping ability, and his unbelievable speed."

"Demarcus is capable of taking it the distance any time he touches the football. He has so much range that he can cover a large amount of ground, and be dangerous from any part of the field. He's basically the air traffic controller coming out of the defensive backfield. Demarcus can cover receivers and also be a sure tackler as well."

"He's got a lot of good character, he works hard and he has set goals for himself. Demarcus has a goal to be somewhere in five years, and he is working on achieving that goal by being a leader both on and off the football field."

"Several schools were interested in Demarcus. He went to a lot of the camps. I think that he really fell in love with Alabama when he went there. The staff did an excellent job of making him feel at home. But I think he's probably known for some time that's the school where he wanted to be, and he went ahead and gave his commitment to them last summer."

Milliner's father, James, played football at Holtville High School for Sonny Smart, the father of his primary recruiter at Alabama, Kirby Smart. He also has a younger brother, Pat Milliner, who will become one of the state's outstanding seniors in 2010 at Stanhope Elmore.

Andrew Bone says: "Milliner is the No. 1-ranked player in Alabama, and the No. 1-ranked cornerback prospect in the country. He has excellent speed and ball skills. He has great recovery speed and flies to the football."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

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