5 things to know about 4-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller

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Five things to know about Coynis Miller, who committed to Auburn on Saturday over Alabama and Florida.

1. Coynis Miller’s first Power 5 offer was from Auburn

Prior to June 16, 2016, Miller only had one college offer. It was from Bowling Green.

But Auburn has kept a close eye on Miller, through a little bit of luck. The Tigers were actively recruiting another prospect (read more below) when Miller caught defensive line coach Rodney Garner’s attention. He was an athletic, 260-pound defensive lineman at the time, but just as coaches forecasted, he grew into a 300-pound freak athlete.

Auburn started a trend. Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and others caught on.

2. He’s not just a defensive tackle for his high school

Miller’s athleticism is mentioned above, and it isn’t just showcased on the defensive side of the football.

Just last Thursday, Miller’s high school team moved the ball inside the 5-yard line. Jackson-Olin’s offensive coordinator motioned for his quarterback to run off the field. On ran the 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle to take the snap.

He hard counted and received an offsides penalty, so Miller & Co. only had half the distance to travel for a touchdown. Smart, veteran move for someone who wasn’t at his first wildcat quarterback rodeo. The next play, Miller dove head first for a 2-yard touchdown score.

It wasn’t anything new for Miller.

In the last season and a half, the defensive tackle has scored 16 rushing touchdowns. You’re not going to find many defensive linemen in the 2018 class with that kind of athletic versatility.

3. In fact, he hasn’t always just been a football player

Oh yeah, and Miller doesn’t just flaunt that athleticism on the football field.

Before becoming a top gridiron prospect, Miller made a name for himself on that basketball court. That was his original love.

As basketball player, Miller has been known to impress with his uncanny athleticism.

“He can dunk a basketball. I mean, boom it,” his high school coach, Tim Vakakes, told me in the past.

Windmills, off the backboard, you name it, Miller can probably pull it off. That’s not your average defensive lineman. When people praise Miller’s strengths and upside, it’s always his hip speed and athleticism that scouts and analysts bring up.

His basketball ability is perfect proof of that.

4. His close friend/HS teammate is at Auburn already

As mentioned previously, Auburn received early access to Miller during its recruitment of another prospect.

That recruit was T.D. Moultry.

Moultry was a year above Miller at Jackson-Olin High School. When Auburn recruited Moultry heavily between his junior and senior years, the Tigers got an early glimpse of Miller. That’s why Auburn was able to get out ahead for Miller and be the first one to offer.

Miller and Moultry are close, though Miller insists Moultry tells him to follow his heart, not his friend.

5. Coynis Miller sees himself in a few SEC defensive linemen

People like to play comparisons in the college football recruiting world.

When a guy commits, it’s always, “Who does he remind you of?” or “What’s his top upside player comparison?”

I’m not big on player comparisons. But when I asked Miller, he named a few Auburn and Alabama players he’s followed over the last two years. It’s not necessarily athletic or body comparisons, but Miller sees a lot of himself in a few players when it comes to how he intends to approach the game at the college level.

Da’Ron Payne. I feel that he’s a leader. Just putting the team in the right position. Quinton Williams, I look at him,” Miller said. “Derrick Brown because when I go off to college, we’ll be playing the same position. Marlon Davidson just because I like the way he plays.”

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