Rich East QB May have Future On Defense

One main purpose of football summer camps is to discover athletes capable of playing multiple positions. That is especially true when prospects needed at one position for their high school teams project at different positions for college. Such is the case with Rich East quarterback Malcolm Miller. He has excellent potential as a defensive back.

Malcolm Miller attended the Illinois summer camp at Lincoln-Way East recently. He worked out a quarterback, his position at Rich East, but Illini coaches were intrigued by his athleticism and asked him to work out at another position as well.

"They moved me to corner at the end. I did pretty good. I haven't played there in awhile. I played a little bit there last year, but they wanted me healthy for quarterback."

The 6'-0", 186 pounder impressed with his athleticism. He ran the forty in 4.51 seconds, and his shuttle was an excellent 4.22 seconds. His athleticism is a big part of his game.

"My strengths are my agility, my leadership and my confidence."

Rich East runs an offense that takes advantage of Miller's skills running the ball.

"We run a tight Wing-T. Sometimes we run a shotgun spread. I get more yardage with run than pass."

Rich East had a successful 2011 season, but Miller believes the best is yet to come.

"We went 7-4 and went to the second round. We lost to Washington. We've got a lot of guys back, so I think we can go to State."

He may not be getting many college looks at quarterback, but that could change once teams find out about his potential on defense.

"I've got a lot of interest, but I have no offers yet. I've got Eastern, Northern, Air Force, MAC schools, schools like that."

Miller has goals for his college career beyond sports.

"Academics comes first, and then I want a good athletic program. I want to major in Criminal Justice or Journalism."

Miller is an intriguing prospect who the Illini and other schools will be watching closely during the fall season.

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