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Christian Miller: The Charismatic Cover Corner

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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As a junior he recorded 30 tackles, 12 PBU’s and two INT’s. More amazing is the fact that he did not render a single touchdown pass on the season.

Over the last two seasons Hilton Head (S.C.) has gone (9-12) with one playoff appearance, a 49-0 loss to North Augusta (S.C.). But Head Coach BJ Payne knows his squad’s fortunes are about to change with a talented 2020 class.

One of those gifted rising seniors is 5-foot-11, 170-pound cover corner Christian Miller. As a junior he recorded 30 tackles, 12 PBU’s and two INT’s. More amazing is the fact that he did not render a single touchdown pass on the season.

“He has gotten better every year and I’m really looking forward to see what he can do as a senior,” Payne said. “He is a double threat at corner, both in man coverage and zone. Christian is just such a technician; his technique is flawless.”

College recruiters have already taken notice of Miller’s talents; he currently holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, South Alabama, South Florida and Toledo. He is also receiving heavy interest from Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“All three schools that have offered are showing a lot of love with mail and just keeping in contact,” Miller said. “I’m also impressed with the way North Carolina and Oregon have kept in touch. Coach Dre’ Bly of North Carolina use to coach the Charlotte Stars 7-on-7 team and we played against them. And Coach Cristobal told me he really liked my film and plans on recruiting me.”

This past spring Miller camped at Louisville, Marshall, Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia. As far as this coming camp season he has already penciled in trips to Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue. Miller has also been invited and plans to attend the Nike Opening and the Rivals.com Three-Stripe Camp.

“He is a phenomenal kid that is very respectful, polite and very smart, not just book smart but street smart,” Payne said. “He really understands the recruiting process and won’t be that kid that picks a school because it was his childhood favorite. He is a great kid from a great family and he’ll pick the school that is the best fit for him.”

Miller keeps busy honing his craft in the offseason. This past summer he took part on the Cam Newton 7-on-7 travel squad, something he intends to continue this year. He is also a member on the Seahawk Track Team where he participates in the 200-meters and 4x100-meters.

Academically Miller boasts a 3.6 GPA and plans to graduate early. Most of his core work will be out of the way by the end of his junior year, minus senior English. The honor student is set take the ACT for the first time on February, 9.

“Obviously he is a DI kid and it will really come down to what he accomplishes in the next five to six months that will determine how many offers he receives,” Payne said. “We have set a goal of him weighing 180-pounds by the summer along with improving his strength numbers. At the next level he will have to be able to matchup with grown men.”

Recruiting pundits have noticed Miller’s football skills. This past December he was named to the First Team ESPNCoastal All-Savannah Team as well as being named to the All-Low Country Sports Second Team Defense.

Miller understands he is not a finished product and his best days of football are still ahead of him. His aspirations are not only to be the best cover man from the Palmetto State but the entire southeastern region of the country.

“My football IQ is probably my biggest asset right now; I know how to put my teammates in better position depending on down and distance,” Miller said.  “I am someone that watches a lot of film on my opponents.

One area I could always improve upon though is press coverage; we do it at least 50% of the time. Using better hand placement is one area I can improve upon. I can also improve my bench press and squat which will help me become more physical, this all translates on the field.”

After going (5-5/1-4) as a sophomore and (4-7/0-3) as a junior Miller’s quest is to help his team win the region and make a long run in the playoffs. It all starts with beating region foes Beaufort (S.C.), Bluffton (S.C.) and Walterboro (S.C.) Colleton County. Team’s usually fair better in the playoffs with the coveted #1-seed.

“First of all I plan on becoming a better leader, the last two years we really didn’t have a lot of senior leadership,’ Miller said. “If I improve as a vocal leader while improving my game we can accomplish almost anything as a team.”

The Low Country may be slightly secluded, but it produces some of the best talent in South Carolina. For college coaches looking for a fierce competitor that covers defensive backs like a glove, look no further. Miller possesses the inner drive, character, charisma and tools to alter the outcome of a contest at the highest level.