2016 Standout Enjoying Early Attention

2016 prospect Malik Miller talks about his team's season-opening loss, the recruiting process, and gives his thoughts on the Auburn Tigers.

Madison, Ala.--One of the top running back prospects in the country for the 2016 recruiting class, physical Malik Miller showed his all-around skills last Friday night in a loss to Leeds for the defending class 3A champion Madison Academy Mustangs. With good hands and running skills on offense as well as a nose for the football on defense, Miller did his job but saw his team come up just short to a talented Leeds squad.

“We knew coming into the game it was going to be a big one and it wasn’t going to be easy,” Miller said. “We had been preaching all week that one game doesn’t make our season. We really wanted it bad, but we have to take it as a learning experience. Now we have to turn the page and go to the film. We have to see what we did wrong, see what we did right, and then put it all together.”

Putting it all together means getting the offense all on the same page with some new concepts being introduced this season. Much of that comes in the shotgun with Kerryon Johnson acting as the wildcat quarterback and Miller as the running back, very reminiscent of watching Auburn’s offense at times under Gus Malzahn.

“It’s great,” Miller said. “Sometimes it can get tough, but it’s preparing me well. You’ve got to be in shape to run that offense. The offense has been as dynamic already as it has ever been since I have been here. In week one I knew it would be a little rusty, but as the year goes on we’ll get smoother and work it out.

“I know it’s going to improve and I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “Two years ago against Tanner we lost, and it took us a while, but once we got it together we were rolling. I have a feeling it’s going to be the same thing. It was a good experience for the young guys because it doesn’t get much bigger than this. They’re not going to be nervous now because they’ve handled the pressure at the utmost level.”

Malik Miller takes a screen pass to the house against Leeds

A four-star prospect on Scout.com for 2016 and the No. 1 fullback, Miller already has offers from big schools from across the country like Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. While he’s still got plenty of time to go before he has to make a decision, Miller said there is no reason to wait to check out some of his favorite schools.

“It’s great,” Miller said of being recruited heavily already. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity, but want the opportunity. Some kids get them and are blessed to have them. I’m going to take advantage of it. I thank God every day for them. A lot of people say I’ve got plenty of time, but I’m going to take my visits so when I’m ready to make my decision I’ll be comfortable.”

Planning to visit Georgia this weekend to see the Bulldogs face Clemson, Miller said he definitely visit both Auburn and Alabama as well as Ole Miss and Mississippi State with Florida State a possibility as well. With one of his first offers coming from the Tigers, Miller said he already has a good feeling for Auburn and it begins with the coaching staff.

“Coach (Horton) called me a few weeks ago and I told him ‘you know how recruiting goes, I have to take my other visits’, but Auburn will always be one of my top teams,” Miller said. “It’s a home feeling. I have never gone down there and had a bad experience. I feel like I can really fit in there down. Coach Horton loves me, Coach Malzahn loves me, and I love them. Auburn is always going to be a top team.”

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