Auburn Commitment Analysis: Malik Miller

Taking a look at what running back prospect Malik Miller brings to the table is featured in this report on the Madison Academy star, who has pledged to play football at Auburn.

Malik Miller
Size: 6-2, 225
Ranking On Scout: 3-Star| No. 1 Fullback| No. 1 South Fullback| No. 1 Alabama Fullback
Recruiting: Chose Auburn over Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and others

Scout’s Take: Chad Simmons

"Miller is a kid I like a lot because of not only his ability, but because of his attitude. He's a kid who will sell out for his team whether it is on offense or defense. He plays inside linebacker and running back with his future likely being on offense out of the backfield.

"At fullback, Miller is a powerful back with a low center of gravity. He doesn't do the dancing around behind the line of scrimmage - he gets the ball and heads north-south. He can run through tacklers and get tough yards inside the tackles.

"Overall, Miler is a back who will block, catch the ball out of the backfield, and run with aggression. He is in the best shape I've seen him in right now and he is one who could challenge for a Scout 300 ranking before all is said and done."

"Miller is one of the most versatile prospects in the state of Alabama not only one side of the ball to the other, but within an offense," Simmons said. "He is big, strong, gritty and much more agile than most give him credit for as a pure back. He's a down-hill runner with little wasted movement, but features a diverse skill-set on the edge whether it be as a blocker or as a receiver.

"Miller's balance in traffic as well as in the open field make him a threat with the ball in his hands, no matter his listed position. His experience on defense, usually as a linebacker, as well as his durability reveal high football IQ during state title runs in each of his first three high school seasons."

What It Means:

Miller should be a great fit in Auburn’s offense because of his versatility and ability to do so many different things with or without the ball in his hands. The first thing is his ability to run between the tackles and grind out the yardage. While he doesn’t possess breakaway speed, Miller makes up for that with good feet and vision which allows him to get the extra yards.

Miller runs the football in his team's 2014 state championship game victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The second thing Miller brings to the table is the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. A natural athlete that is at home as a linebacker as well, Miller’s size and good hands make him a dangerous weapon in Auburn’s offense as the Tigers look to throw the ball more in the coming seasons. Throw in the ability to block in the running game and protect the passer and you have a complete back.

With Miller on board the Tigers will still look to sign another back in the 2016 class, but now they are afforded the luxury of looking for a speed back to complement Miller. Coach Tim Horton added yet another weapon to his running back arsenal on Thursday and that’s a good thing with Gus Malzahn’s mindset to always be a run/play-action team first and foremost.

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