Saban meets with young duo

Malik Miller and Kerryon Johnson

Fresh off a national title, Nick Saban is already hitting the recruiting trail hard. And it's not just to wrap-up a stellar class of 2013, he's already looking at prospects just beginning their high school careers.

Madison Academy (Ala.) was able to get to the 3A state title game in 2011, only to fall despite a solid effort by a true freshman athlete. One year later, Kerryon Johnson carried the Mustangs back to the title game, only to put in an MVP performance en route to claiming the state crown in 2012.

He finished the game with over 130 yards rushing and two scores offensively, adding two interceptions as a defender. But he wasn't alone. Malik Miller, just a true freshman, also contributed over 100 yards rushing and paced the defensive with eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble from his linebacker spot.

Needless to say, each became big-time recruiting targets in a short span. It proved evident on Monday, as Alabama coach Nick Saban stopped by Madison Academy solely to check out the duo.

"It was just an honor and a great privilege to meet him!" said Johnson, who views Alabama in high regard.

Saban didn't specify whether he was recruiting the 6-foot, 185-pounder as a running back, receiver or defensive back. But the Tide has shown considerable interest before many others with the 2015 standout.

As for Miller, the interest from UA is newer.

"We met up," he said of he and Saban. "He just talked about getting up there for camps and visiting the campus."

Miller, who stands 6-foot, 210 pounds, plans on getting to Tuscaloosa soon.

"He just said he's very interested in me," the class of 2016 prospect added. "I like Alabama, they have good coaches and a great program."

The duo, who start at running back and fullback, respectively on offense as well as safety and linebacker, respectively on defense - enjoys playing together.

"Kerryon had a great year last year and this year there is a target on him," said Miller of their offensive prowess. "With him being as great of an athlete as he is, it takes some of the pressure off me because I'm under the radar. When he gashes them three or four times they are worried about him and then I come in and gash them.

"It's just a great rotation."

The two have begun to think about playing together somewhere at the next level as well, though it's considerably early in both of their recruitment.

Said Miller on how odd it is, "I don't think about that. He's a great athlete and us being on the same team in beneficial to both of us."

FOXSportsNEXT/Scout.com currently projects Johnson at running back and Miller as an outside linebacker.

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