Article Written by: Zane Rowland – Azalea City Sports
Mike Miller is a rising junior in the 2022 class at Valdosta High School. Mike is poised to have a stellar junior season for the ‘Cats.
Miller has spent the last two seasons studying under recent FSU commit Tate Rodemaker. He also had the chance to learn from quarterback guru Josh Crawford. In those two seasons, Mike has come a long way with his abilities as a passer, most notably showing off his accuracy that has continued to progress.
With four of his five offensive linemen returning as starters from a season ago, Miller will have the protection that he needs from the big guys up front. He also has Kaleb Robinson returning as a tailback, who is a 3-star class of 2022 athlete with several offers already. Along with Robinson, he also has a transfer tailback from Moultrie.
In addition, to those two weapons, he has one of the best wideouts in 6-A from a year ago, recent ECU commit, Javontae Sherman. Along with ‘Sherm’, Allah Brown has returned from Valwood to finish off his stellar career with the ‘Cats, and he has a ton of offers as well.
There is a ton of talent on the offensive side of the ball and there will be plenty of opportunity for Miller to show what he has to offer. More of a running threat than Tate was, Mike is a dual-threat guy and he certainly has the size and the strength to run the ball as needed.
At 6’1 220, Miller is dangerous with the ball in his hand when running or passing the ball. I have had the pleasure of seeing him in the weight room, where he is no slouch either. He squats 325, benches 275, as well as power cleans 275 and runs a 4.7 in the 40 yard dash.
Miller talked in great length on how he feels this season will go. He said, “I feel as though we have a great chance to win state. we return a ton of guys on offense and some great players on defense as well. As long as we continue to get our chemistry better, the sky is the limit for this team!”
Miller also spoke about what separates him from other players. He said, “I am a dual-threat guy, but not just an ordinary dual-threat that wants to run every play. I have come a long way with how I throw the ball and the accuracy that comes with it. The way that I deliver the ball with is important to me, so I work on it often. I feel like this team will be unstoppable this season and I am just glad that I get to lead them as their quarterback.”
The powerful rising junior also also said that while he does not have offers yet, he looks forward to being recruited. He said that he is enjoying his high school career. When asked about what drives him to work so hard, Miller said that his mom is his “why” for everything he does!
RG’s Take: There is no doubt that Miller will bring a whole new dynamic to the Valdosta offense. We have seen in years past where they have been pass-happy, and we expect things to be dialed back as he is still getting his feet wet, but also we just expect more of a ball controlling style of play with the dual threat quarterback. As mentioned by Zane, Miller is a powerful young man already weighing 220 lbs., and should have no trouble running between the tackles. There is not a ton of film to go off of, but we have heard good things about Miller and fully expect him to have a strong junior season here, and to solidify himself as one of the best dual threat QB’s in this class. No doubt, expectations are sky-high for Miller and Valdosta here in 2020, so watching the young signal-caller and how he adapts will be interesting to watch.