Miller Says He's "Blessed" to Be An AU Tiger

Talented athlete Malik Miller, a class of 2016 football prospect, made his decision on Thursday to play collegiately for Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers.

Madison, Ala.--Auburn continued its run on offensive players for the 2016 football class on Thursday when talented athlete Malik Miller chose the Tigers over Florida State, Alabama and several others at a ceremony at Madison Academy.

“I am proud, and humbled at the same time, and blessed to announce for the next three to four years of my life I will be an Auburn Tiger and I will attend Auburn University,” he said.

Explaining his decision process, Miller said, “I have been praying on this decision for a long, long time. It was one of the toughest decisions I?have made in my life.

“I?made my decision about a week ago,” he said. “I was trying to come at peace with it, confirm it in my heart. I was sitting in my bedroom and reading a book. The first sentence of the book, like the epilogue, was Jeremiah 29:11. As everybody knows that means God still has plans for you to prosper you, and give you hope and a good future.

“I said, ‘you know what, I have been needing confirmation for the decision and I think I just found it.”

A two-time All-State performer for the Mustangs and the MVP of the 3A title game as a sophomore, the 6-0, 225-pound Miller will get a shot at running back in Auburn’s offense when he arrives on the Plains next fall.

Offered by the Tigers at the end of his freshman season, Miller has been a frequent visitor to the Auburn campus since that time. That has allowed him to build a strong relationship with Coach Gus Malzahn, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, and especially running backs coach Tim Horton, something that is a big deal for him.

“What’s not to like about Auburn,” Miller said. “I was talking to Coach Horton about that. Even if you don’t plan on coming to Auburn you have to love it there. If you don’t like it there’s something wrong with you. There are great people there, everyone you meet. I have a lot of friends and family there. I love it there.

“A big thing for me, and I know it’s not supposed to be, but I want to know when I get on campus that this guy is looking out for me,” he added. “Coach Malzahn is looking out for me and at least knows who I am and that I’m a good kid. I have been there since my freshman year and have been talking with them. They are all great people and I have a great relationship with them.”

Sharing time in the backfield last season with Auburn signee Kerryon Johnson, Miller ran for more than 1,200 yards with 21 touchdowns on a team that had many games wrapped up early. Also playing linebacker for the Mustangs, Miller is the ultimate in two-way player and that makes him a valuable player on the high school level.

Miller plans to join his former high school teammate, Johnson, the 2014 Mr. Football in the state of Alabama, a running back who signed with the Tigers in February.

“I am going to give him some credit,” Miller said of Johnson’s influence on his college choice. “He played a small role Every day he was egging me on, trying to nit-pick me here and there to see what I am thinking. Me and him understand each other so he wasn’t trying to force me because we were both going through the same process at the same time.

“He knew the last thing you want to be is pressured and stuff, and he let me make my own decision. At the end of the day Auburn University was the best place for me.”

Expected to get his first shot at running back for Auburn, Miller becomes the seventh commitment for the Tigers in the 2016 class and the fourth offensive player joining quarterback Woody Barrett, wide receiver Elijah Stove and tight end Landon Rice.


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