Christian Miller recruit scouting report: Outside linebacker

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Christian Miller is one of the top prospects in the country, and will look to start a promising collegiate career at the FBS level next season.

Miller attends Spring Valley (S.C.) High School, and hails from Columbia, S.C. He is an outside linebacker, and is listed at 6'4 while weighing 222 pounds.

He is considered a four-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and Scout, but 247sports rates Miller as a five-star recruit. 247sports ranks him as the second best outside linebacker, Rivals and ESPN rate him as the top outside linebacker in the class and Scout lists him as the fourth-best outside linebacker in the country. The 247sports composite ranks Miller as a four-star, considering him the 39th-best prospect in the country. He is also rated as the second-best outside linebacker in the class and the best player in the state of South Carolina.

Miller has a litany of offers from major programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and Virginia Tech.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: There is a lot to like about Christian Miller. He can eventually play at 245+ pounds in my estimation, and it is a player with great length for an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.

Miller demonstrates very good speed in the open field, and closes distance extremely well. He also plays with good functional strength, and I believe he will be able to better set the edge in college after a year or two in the weight room, adding strength in the lower half. I like Miller's burst off the edge in pass rush, as well, and he is a player who effectively uses his hands well both against the run and the pass.

I do have some concerns about Miller, however, that show up on film. I do not think he has elite agility, but is rather very straight lined. And I also don't think he has great instincts. Most of the big plays he makes on film are at full speed with great athleticism, and not based on his instincts and reading of the football.

Still, Miller is a special prospect because of all the things he does well, and I fully expect him to be a multi-year starter at the BCS level.

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