Three-star, surprise signee C.J. Miller could be the steal of Ole Miss' 2017 class

Three-star C.J. Miller out of Powder Springs, Ga., was once a long-time commitment to Southern Cal. National Signing Day, however, saw Miller reverse course and sign with Ole Miss. What are the Rebels getting in the 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back?

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Name:
C.J. Miller
Town:
Powder Springs, GA
School:
McEachern HS
Position:
CB
Size:
6-foot-1, 190
Class:
2017
Recruitment:
Signed with Ole Miss over Southern Cal, Auburn, and Maryland
Scout.com Ranking: No. 68 safety

Scout.com evaluation: There may not be a more athletic player in Ole Miss' 2017 signing class than Miller. He ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the Nike Regional in Atlanta last spring at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. A three-star cornerback, Miller attended a camp at Southern Cal in June and was offered a scholarship. He committed shortly after returning back home. However, Rebel defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff recruited Miller while he was at Auburn, and once McGriff was hired at Ole Miss, the wheels were put motion for Miller to become a Rebel

Miller was on a roll this season before suffering a high-ankle sprain which caused him to miss three games. He still turned in 54 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles while helping his team to the 7A quarterfinal and an 11-2 record. Most of the season Miller lined up at safety, but he did play in man coverage against the likes of Jamyest Williams and DeAngelo Gibbs this season.

Ole Miss sees Miller as a tall, rangy and hard-hitting cornerback. There's no doubting his skills. He is an elite athlete that isn't scared to stick his neck in and make the physical play. We've been told Miller has his core GPA in place. Now he just needs to make a qualifying ACT/SAT score.

In a couple of years, this signature could go down as one of the true steals of a challenging Ole Miss recruiting season.


Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

 


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