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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 ESPN.com. “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 TideSports.com 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.

Florida had an advantage in its recruitment of Angus because of his connection to former Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who’s also from Philadelphia. Floyd was a first round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in April’s NFL Draft.

“Everyone where I am from knows who Sharrif Floyd is and knows what he did at UF,” Angus told Rivals.com. “I wanted to go to the same school as him because he was a first round draft pick.”

Several schools have recruited Angus to play offensive tackle, but he said Florida has evaluated him for the defensive side of the ball.

“They want me to play defense right now just like Sharrif,” Angus said. “I am excited to go on the same path as him and make it my own.”

If Angus ends up at defensive tackle, he’ll have Reed lined up next to him. Reed told Rivals he knew Florida was his choice when the Gators offered him a scholarship in June.

“I am really happy about being a Gator,” Reed said. “I am really excited and have always wanted to be a Gator since I was young. I just can’t wait to get up there .”

Florida has 12 commitments for the 2014 class. The Gators lost a commitment last week when defensive lineman Anthony Moten from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., decided to reopen his recruitment.

Moten told 247Sports his decision was largely based on Florida’s strong depth along the defensive line.

“It was my choice to decommit because Florida State, South Carolina, and Miami really need my position,” Moten said. “I talked to my parents about it and I’m trying to get playing time. We felt like I should open my recruiting process back up and look at others schools now.”

 

Casher opens up recruitment

Highly-touted center Josh Casher from St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Ala., decommitted from Auburn this week.

Casher, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 center by ESPN, decided he rushed into a decision when he committed to Auburn in March.

“I decided to (decommit) because I just wanted to start my recruiting over again,” Casher told ESPN. “I didn’t think it was fair to me or to Auburn for me to be acting like I was all the way committed there when I knew deep down I wasn’t. I just think that I owe it to myself to be able to explore other schools, go and visit and stuff like that.”

Casher said he has no favorites as he’s restarts the recruiting process. He has previously shown interest in Alabama, Florida and Florida State and visited Alabama last month while he was still committed to Auburn.

“Throughout the football season, I’m probably going to visit different schools just to see each school and watch some of the football games,” Casher said. “I think Alabama will be one of the schools that I look at, but I wouldn’t say I’m favoring them or anything.”

Casher was the first of two St. Paul’s prospects to commit to Auburn in the spring. The other, linebacker Tre Williams, remains committed to the Tigers.

 

Georgia’s recruiting is just fine

Georgia only had four commitments for the 2014 class entering June, which left fans wondering what was going on with the Bulldogs’ recruiting.

That talk has ended. The Bulldogs are up to 16 commitments, with the most recent pledge coming from defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard from Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C. He’s ranked the nation’s No. 3 defensive tackle by 247Sports.

Gaillard is the third defensive lineman to commit to Georgia’s 2014 class, joining Russell Baker from Atlanta and Dontavius Russell from Carrollton, Ga.

Baker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he still hears from Auburn and Florida State, two schools he considered before he committed to Georgia on July 3. Baker said he’s considering taking visits this fall.

“I might take some but I think my mind’s made up,” he said.

Baker maintains Georgia fans shouldn’t be concerned about the status of his commitment to the Bulldogs.

“Don’t be worried,” he said. “I’m good.”

Baker’s right – he is good. He’s ranked the nation’s No. 13 defensive tackle by Rivals.

 


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