June 24, 2018

It’s Miller Time at HHS

(Franklin, GA) — Heard County Brave wide receiver Austin Miller recently received his first college scholarship offer from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Miller, a senior that coach Tim Barron and staff will be looking to this season for leadership, is excited about the offer and hopes to get more.

Heard County senior wide receiver Austin Miller (L) with UAB head coach Bill Clark at a recruiting camp earlier this year.

Heard County senior wide receiver Austin Miller (L) with UAB head coach Bill Clark at a recruiting camp earlier this year.

Like some other Brave athletes, Austin spent most of this summer working towards his football dreams, attending 14 different camps and visiting several schools.

It was at one of those camps that Miller first impressed the UAB Blazer coaching staff.

“I attended the UAB camp and the coaches were excited about what they saw,” says Miller. “I was definitely thrilled with the offer. It’s a great opportunity that I look forward to pursuing.”

The comeback of the UAB program continues to be one of the feel good NCAA stories of the year after the school abruptly shut down the program in late 2014.

After a lot of pressure from Blazer fans and school supporters, the program was reinstated and will return to on-field competition again in the fall of 2017.

The school is about to break ground on a new football operations building and covered practice field, and head coach Bill Clark started spring practice earlier this year with the top-rated recruiting class in Conference USA despite the team not even playing games in 2016.

Miller hopes to again be a top target for highly-recruited junior QB Emory Jones when the Braves open the 2016 regular season next month. Miller led the Braves in receiving yards (393) and TD catches (6) as a junior last season.

The very athletic senior receiver knows that the Brave coaching staff and his teammates will be expecting him to be a strong leader this season.

“Our coaching staff has taught me many different things to help perfect my game, and I honestly might not be the athlete I am today without their help,” Miller said in an interview this week. “Coach Barron is a strong believer in senior leadership — so as a senior it becomes part of my responsibility to lead the younger players in the right direction. Individually, my goal is to take the game more seriously and become the best athlete I can be.”

Miller also understands the difficulty this year’s team faces after losing a lot of talented seniors especially on defense and in the trenches.

“With Coach Barron leading us I think we can overcome the loss of those players,” says Miller.

While the offer from UAB has been the highlight of his recruitment so far, Austin has gotten serious looks from a lot of major programs across the nation.

One of the most interested programs has been the Naval Academy. Austin and his family visited Navy last month.

“The trip to Navy was a lot of fun,” says Miller. “The campus in Maryland was really nice and had a lot to offer. I wouldn’t mind joining our armed forces — because I already have a lot of respect for those who serve our country.”

Spending lots of hours in the weight room has been beneficial to Miller, a Class AA State Weightlifting Champion in 2016 and a runner-up in 2015.

Brave fans will get their first chance to see Miller and the rest of the 2016 Braves at ‘Midnight Madness’ this Friday night at Staples Stadium. The team will travel to Lagrange for a scrimmage next Friday, August 5 and will open the regular season at South Atlanta on August 19.

Comments

  1. Tami Steele says:

    Congratulations, Austin! 🙂

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