Spartan Digest Take: Onaje Miller

With National Signing Day fast approaching, it is time we start looking at each of the Spartans verbal pledges and give our assessment about the good, bad, and future of each. We start with the first pledge of the class; athlete/running back Onaje Miller of Sexton High School in Lansing.

Onaje Miller wasted little time in giving Mark Dantonio his verbal pledge being the first in the Class of 2011 almost a year ago. Listed as a running back, do not be surprised if Miller gets looks at other positions as well before his career is over.

What To Like

On film, Miller shows the ability to use his elusiveness and natural abilities to cause match-up problems with defenders. At 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, he has good size and showed get stronger and more powerful once in a college environment and strength program. With solid depth at running back, Miller will get his chance to be a change of pace guy with the ability to hit the outside corner or catch a ball out of the backfield.

What May Concern You

Miller is considered more of a dancer than a power runner, which must change if he is to find success at the college level as a running back. Durability may also be a question some will have when talking about the future.

Bottom Line

Solid athlete with great upside who should only get better as he matures and develops no matter what position he ends up playing. Miller should also give the Spartans another weapon on special teams with the ability to return kicks.

Some will have to question the staff's plans with Miller as they continue to push for another running back in the class.

Unless he gives the Spartans a major play guy on special teams, do not be surprised to see Miller earn a redshirt year before taking the field.


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