FOOTBALL RECRUITING

Spring Valley’s Miller will roll with ’Bama

ainelson@thestate.comJuly 25, 2013 

Linebacker Christian Miller led Spring Valley with 156 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior.

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Six months after making his initial college choice, Spring Valley senior linebacker Christian Miller has reached his final answer.

It’s Alabama.

Miller, who committed to Florida for the class of 2014 shortly after National Signing Day in February and later decommitted, picked the Tide on Wednesday after a three-day visit.

“I felt really good. I spent a lot of time there, and this last visit, I just decided to pull the trigger,” said Miller, who led the Vikings with 156 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior. “I don’t have that feeling of doubt anymore; it’s 100 percent, and it feels good to have my final decision made.”

Miller’s father, former Gamecock star Corey Miller, said he saw the change coming.

“Everybody was always in the mix, and he spent the most time at Alabama,” he said. “When he committed in February, he kind of wanted to get things over with, he was a little anxious, and he pulled the trigger a little too quick.”

Though he is relieved to have the matter settled before the start of his senior season, Christian Miller said he did not feel like he was under the gun this time.

“Earlier, there was a little miscommunication and I was offered by Alabama later than I was told, and it kind of made me feel like I wasn’t a priority. But I found out later that I was, and that was important to me,” he said.

Miller, who has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game in January, is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 3 player in South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class.

Despite injuring his knee during the Vikings’ spring practice, Miller said he is back to top form and looking forward to beginning preseason practice next week.

Corey Miller believes his son has selected the best program for taking his talent to the next level.

“At Alabama, they can develop players and get the max out of them,” he said. “I think it’s a good fit for him and I’m happy for him.”

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