2016 Prospect Talks State Title, Top Five

2016 prospect Malik Miller talks about winning another state title with Madison Academy and updates his top five schools.

Madison, Ala.--One of the top juniors in Alabama for the 2016 class, big athlete Malik Miller recently helped Madison Academy to its third consecutive state title with a 70-34 win over Dale County at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Part of a team that battled back after dropping the season opener at home to Leeds, the two-way standout said the team was focused on earning the ring once again.

“It’s a great feeling,” Miller said. “We had to overcome a lot We were young at the beginning of the season and we came out on national TV against Leeds, one of the best teams in the state. Over the season our defense gelled together and got tougher. We got more mature and more experienced. We knew we would have to win this game with defense, and we did what we had to do.”

Doing what he had to do meant sharing the load with Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson for much of the last three seasons at running back. This season was different than the last two, however, with Johnson lining up at wide receiver and even some wildcat quarterback at times, making it a change of pace for the Mustangs.

“Me and Kerryon, a lot of people figured we would butt heads, but we knew we needed each other and the whole team to accomplish what we’ve accomplished,” Miller said. “That’s how we went into this, if you’re having a good game I’ll block for you and play defense, anything to help the team win. He was going to do the same thing. That was our mindset.”

Even with having to share the carries Miller has seen his stock rise with offers from several big-time programs already. Hoping to make his decision sometime before the beginning of his senior year, the 6-1, 230-pounder said at the moment his focus is squarely on the SEC West.

“I have cut it down to five so far,” Miller said. “In A-B-C order they are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. That’s my top five so far.”

Auburn was one of his earliest offers and that has given Miller an opportunity to learn more about the coaching staff, players and offense for the Tigers. With running backs coach Tim Horton also the Auburn coach who recruits Madison Academy and taking several unofficial visits to the Plains to meet Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Miller said he’s got a good feel for what the program is all about.

“I have always said it, there is a family feeling there,” Miller said. “Coach Malzahn, Coach Horton, Coach Lashlee, any chance I get to see them I say hey to them. It’s just a great family feeling. I love the vibe I get from the coaches.”

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