Christian Miller: 4-Star OLB Leaning Toward Georgia over Alabama?

By Patrick Schmidt
Georgia Bulldogs-Christian Miller
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When Christian Miller (Columbia, SC. Spring Valley) decommitted from Florida it appeared Alabama would be the team to beat for the four-star linebacker, but after two visits to Georgia the Dawgs could be the favorite.

Miller was offered by Georgia three days after his decommitment from the Gators and has been a frequent visitor to the program including his trip for Georgia’s Dawg Night on Friday. He has been the object of affection for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, and Miller’s father and former NFL linebacker, Corey, was said to have been impressed with the visit.

His athleticism, ability to play in space and his range has me convinced Miller could play any linebacker position in college. However, at 6-4, 222-pounds with 4.7 speed Miller has the frame to develop into a prodigious pass rusher in the mold of former Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and current linebacker Jordan Jenkins.

Alabama will get the opportunity in the coming days to counter the surge of momentum gained this weekend by Georgia, and Crimson Tide coaches Nick Saban, Kirby Smart and Chris Rumph are held in high regard by Miller.

This figures to be an epic recruiting battle between the two schools that will not be decided until Miller takes official visits to both schools in the fall. He may take his decision all the way up to signing day, so you can expect plenty of jockeying back and forth between the two.  It does appear that this is only a two-team race.

If Georgia can get a commitment from Miller it would mean Mark Richt’s program has stolen the top two recruits in South Carolina after the state’s other top recruit, Jacob Park (Goose Creek, SC. Stratford), committed in June.

Georgia was viewed as a distant second to Alabama after Miller opened up his recruitment, but the latest developments suggest Georgia is at least on an even playing field with their SEC adversary for the versatile outside linebacker.

To take it one step further I predict Georgia is the favorite for Miller and will be the team to receive his commitment.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.

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