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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Miller Adds To Alabama’s Strong Class

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxAlabama ended its short-lived recruiting drought on Thursday when it received a commitment from linebacker Christian Miller from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C.

Miller, a former Florida commitment, chose Alabama over Georgia.

“It was for a number of reasons,” he told “They have a lot to offer. Defensively, I fit in perfect with their scheme and how they’re going to use me. Their player development, particularly if you look at linebackers, they’re well known for that.”

Alabama has become well known for its elite recruiting. It’s almost considered a surprise if Alabama doesn’t have with the nation’s top-rated class on signing day.

Alabama’s 2014 class happens to be ranked No. 1, according to the 247Sports composite team rankings. Tennessee is ranked second, followed by Florida State, Georgia and Miami.

Miller is the 16th prospect to commit to Alabama’s 2014 class, with the most recent commitment coming from offensive lineman Montel McBride from Plant City (Fla.) High School on July 2.

The Crimson Tide had a strong month of recruiting in June. Alabama landed six commitments during that time, including highly-touted quarterback David Cornwell from Norman, Okla.

Miller is ranked the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPN. His scouting report reads in part:

“This is a prospect with the length, range and quickness on the outside that will make him attractive as a future OLB or DE. Could also play a tweener role as hybrid depending on scheme and is eventual size.”

Alabama will continue to recruit the nation’s top prospects, including defensive back Lorenzo Carter from Norcross, Ga., running back Leonard Fournette from New Orleans and offensive lineman Cameron Robinson from West Monroe, La.

Alabama is also focused on keeping its committed players on board.

Running back Bo Scarbrough, Alabama’s first commitment in the 2014 class, has shown interest in Florida. Cornerback Stephen Roberts told this week he continues to receive interest from Auburn and Miami and is considering visiting both schools this fall. Still, Roberts maintains he’s committed to Alabama.

“I wouldn’t say I have a percentage on where I stand with my commitment,” he said. “I will just say I am fully committed to Alabama. I think Alabama has some great commitments. I know most of them. I have been keeping in touch with a few guys like Shaun [Hamilton] and Marlon Humphrey.”

Humphrey, a cornerback from Hoover, Ala., isn’t committed to Alabama but is strongly considering the Crimson Tide. His father, Bobby Humphrey, played running back at Alabama from 1984-87.


Florida lands two

The Gators received commitments this week from offensive/defensive lineman Dontae Angus from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia and defensive end Justus Reed from Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic High School.

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