For the past 2 seasons recently the Byrnes Rebels have had a lockdown cornerback. Last year it was Cartier Rice who now plays at Kentucky. This season it's Riyahd Richardson who is on the verge of adding some pretty significant offers soon after receiving his SAT scores back. What player will be the next Rebel to continue the trend? Enter 2010 CB Zach Miller.
At 6'0 167 pounds Miller has good height for the position and SCPrepNation.com has been keeping a close eye on Miller since he moved up to the varsity filling in for an injured Cartier Rice a season ago. After moving up to the varsity full-time Miller posted some solid numbers even after Rice returned from the injury to reclaim his starting spot. "Playing varsity last season I had an interception, 20 tackles, and 1 fumble recovery."
Miller is still awaiting his first big wave of recruiting mail but playing for the #1 team in the state and the country according to the USA Today polls it shouldn't be long. Already the 2010 prospect has a long list of schools he's most interested in hearing from in the very near future. "I'd like to hear from Auburn, Memphis, Tennessee, Miami, Florida State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and North Carolina."
The Rebels are coming off a pretty convincing 38-12 win over Pahokee (FL) last Friday. The Blue Devils boasted 4-star ATH Nu'keese Richardson who is verbally committed to Florida. Interestingly enough Miller had already spoken to Richardson prior to their meeting on Friday. "Nu'keese seems like he's a cool dude. We had wrote each other before on MySpace. We kept our defense moving around, and doing what we have been told to do we were able to stop him." The game was televised on ESPNU and Miller had this to say about the experience. "It was exciting!"
Keeping on the topic of tough competitors Miller says current Georgia star WR A.J. Green was the toughest player he's ever faced. "A.J. Green of Summerville at the state championship game last year was the toughest guy I'v ever faced. He was a true athlete!"
On a team that is known for it's speed and power Miller is one of the fastest on the squad and he utilizes it to his benefit on the field. "My strengths are my coverage ability, my speed, and jamming recievers." That speed Miller posesses is off the charts as he reports posting 40 times in the 4.3 range frequently with a personal best of 4.3 seconds flat. Like all players who hit the practice fields every day there are areas that he wants to improve on. "I'd have to say breaking on the ball faster and turning my hips are the things that I need to work on the most to become better."
Following guys like Prince Miller (UGA) and Cartier Rice (Kentucky)the 2010 prospect has all the tools to be right up there with the previous stars in the Byrnes defensive backfield. SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Miller as his junior season continues so stay tuned!
Inside The Numbers...Zach Miller
Bench press: 240 pounds
Squat: 425 pounds
Power clean: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.3 seconds
Check out some photos of Miller in action courtesy of Scout.com Media Editor Miller Safrit at the Byrnes National 7 on 7 Tournament this past offseason.