As a sophomore at Madison (Ala.) Academy last fall, 2016 four-star running back Malik Miller ran for 1,686-yards and 28 touchdowns.
Add in the fact that Miller is 6-foot-0, 229-pounds and also recorded 67 tackles, four interceptions, and 2.5 sacks from his linebacker position defensively, and there’s a reason several big time college programs have taken an interest in this recruitment.
“Since he’s only played two years of high school, it started out as linebacker and wasn’t carrying the ball as much as he did toward the end of this past year,” Miller’s father Lemeco said. “It’s really picking up strong for him to be a running back.”
On his strength’s at running back Miller added, “Just power. Just being able to move well in tight spaces and he’s just a downhill runner; runs behind his pads real well.”
Already holding offers from in-state schools such as Alabama and Auburn, actually camping at both as well, Miller also has offers from Mississippi and Vanderbilt, with many others appearing to be on the way.
One school the Miller’s would like to hear more from is Michigan, and first year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
“I met Coach Nussmeier through Alabama,” Miller’s father said. “He was recruiting our area here in North Alabama and he had our area for a while, while he was offensive coordinator and we stayed in contact with him about things and how Malik was doing and how things were going, trying to build a relationship with him through that program at the time.”
Miller’s father adding, “I think it was a good relationship (with Nussmeier). I think he had Malik’s best interests in mind and he liked what he saw and he liked Malik as a player and as a student and kid that would fit in the program with what he was doing at the time.”
Aside from the pre-existing relationship with Nussmeier, the Miller’s admittedly aren’t overly aware of the Michigan program now led by Brady Hoke.
Even so, Miller’s father believes it’s a place, and an offense, his son could certainly flourish in.
“Really, I don’t know much about Michigan and what’s going on,” Miller’s father said. “I think they got a good hire and I think he’s a good guy and will be good for their program.
“On that note, I just, Malik is a good kid and good athlete and good football player and I think, in any program, he can excel and do well. I just couldn’t count him out doing well at Michigan or anywhere he lands.”
Living in the state of Alabama featuring two of the top programs in the nation in the Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers, some might wonder if it’ll be possible to pull the four-star talent away from their grip.
According to Miller’s father, they’re definitely open to other suitors from around the country.
“What I’ve always taught Malik is that you’ve got to work and do what you have to do to get better as an athlete and as a football player and everything else will work itself out,” he said. “I just think if he’s with a coach he believes in and respects him a lot, I think that person will be able to get a lot out of Malik.
“It’s basically just the relationship. I tell him to just try to get the best relationship with the coach you can have. If they see him and know him and talk to him, and he believes in them, he’ll do anything and play hard.”
In the process of looking at visits the Miller’s don’t have anything set in concrete just yet, but have a few trips in mind including one north that they hope will feature a swing through Ann Arbor.
“We’ve been talking to Clemson, and plan to make that visit, and Georgia, and North Carolina as of right now,” he said. “We plan to go up north to Notre Dame who called and has shown a little interest.
“So, while we’re going up there we’d (like to) plan to go and talk to Michigan.”
Miller is also the cousin of 2016 Madison (Ala.) Academy five-star shooting guard Josh Langford, who is being recruited by the Michigan basketball program.