OTH FIRST ELEVEN 2020: No. 1 Nick Miller

We have reached No. 1 in our countdown of Outside the Huddle’s First Eleven, our annual preseason crowning of the top 11 players in northeast Indiana.

Our highest preseason honor, this is the second-annual First 11 list.

No. 1: Nick Miller, South Adams – Senior, LB/DE

Blitz can hear the shocked gasps from his den.

Nick Miller the best player in northeast Indiana?

In Blitz’s mind, yes he is.

The senior two-way stud is a complete player. He has the size and hands to be a mismatch at tight end. He has the physicality and finishing ability to thrive at the hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end spot. He has the deceptive quickness that comes in hand on both sides of the football.

At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Miller is a Division I prospect in Blitz’s mind. He is a Rob Gronkowski-type player at the high school level, a mismatch when lined up against linebackers, which he sees often because of the other weapons South Adams has.

In 2019, Miller caught 35 passes for 822 yards and eight touchdowns. He should eclipse all three marks in 2020.

Defensively, Miller finished with 66 tackles, 20.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and blocked a pair of punts. The senior can also pick up a slot or a receiver in the backfield if need be.

A complete player, Nick Miller would be a household name if he played in Allen County as opposed to Berne. But that doesn’t make him any less of a dominant football player.


“Nick Miller is probably the most underrated player in the state. We have never had an athlete like him at South Adams. The mixture of size, speed and strength is unmatched in our class. He deserves this spot and I believe he will prove it this year.” – South Adams coach Grant Moser

South Adams’ Nick Miller lines up as a receiver against Adams Central during a November 15, 2019 game.

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