'They just have so much to offer'

Alabama had landed just one class of 2014 commitment in July before Thursday, and they pick up where they left off in a big way with the verbal pledge of Christian Miller. The four-star linebacker was back-and-forth between two SEC schools, but Nick Saban and company won out in the end. The No. 7 OLB in America details why inside.

Christian Miller visited Georgia twice of late before visiting Alabama at the back-end of its July camp.

Most knew it would mean plenty in the four-star's recruitment, but it all but sealed the deal for the Crimson Tide.

"Yes sir, I committed to Alabama today," he told Bamamag.com. "For multiple reasons."

"I fell comfortable, I fit in there, defensively the scheme is perfect, they have awesome programs for former players, the tradition itself, the coaches -- I have good relationships with all of them. They also have one of a kind facilities there, they just have so much to offer."

The Bulldogs made a late offer an big-time push for Miller, a rising senior out of Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley High School.

"Those schools were pretty close, I was kind of wavering back and fourth," he admitted. "But for the former players, they support them all, help them get jobs, and help them do what they want to do. Then player development, and with linebackers specifically, they're big on that. The staff is familiar, too.

"If Georgia came in a little earlier, it would have been a harder decision, but I've been talking to Alabama so long..."

Saying he's now "done" with the process, Miller is focused on preparing for his time in Tuscaloosa. The Tide staff envisions a versatile role for the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder.

"They see me playing SAM, like Adrian Hubbard plays, number 42," he said. "Or JACK, I have experience playing both inside linebacker and outside, playing every down as possible.

"So I can play SAM or JACK, than on third down maybe I'll play some BUCK, where they put me on the edge and rush the quarterback."

Versatility in Alabama's defense helped sell him on the defending champs, but it also helped the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com get on the recruiting map in a big way.

"It kind of balances everything, but it was big for me," he added. "They first noticed my height and my weight and my athleticism, then they noticed that I can play in the box and make reads, then drop in coverage, it's big for me.

"Overall, my versatility paid off."

Alabama's pursuit in Miller, which didn't slow despite a previous commitment to the Florida Gators either, also has seemingly paid off.

"I'm not taking any more visits, only to Alabama," he said. "I'll be there for the LSU game and I'll take my official sometime after the season."

A pair of X-factors helped lead the Tide to landing its newest pledge, of course the defensive success helped but it was the in-between part of being an Alabama player that caught Miller's attention during last week's visit.

"I kind of new most of the defensive parts of the program, but I got to see the daily life of the payers," he recalled. "I realized that everything isn't so serious all the time, it's actually fun. It's fun to be on a winning team, and I fit in with the coaching staff.

"They're going to develop me and make me the best player I can be."

Assistant Chris Rumph was Miller's main recruiter, but he also had a bond that grew with Nick Saban.

"It's actually really good, he valued my character," he said on their relationship. "He is more on my character than on what I am as a player, honestly. We have a really good relationship, he was shy at first but he opened up with me and even jokes around with me now.

"When you see him joking around and smiling, he likes you. He's a very powerful person and very successful, so I look forward to learning from the best."

Miller is Alabama's 17th commitment in 2014 and first from the state of South Carolina.

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