Every Friday, the AJC will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the state as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Dreshun Miller, a converted defensive back out of Sprayberry High School.
- Name: Dreshun Miller
- High School: Sprayberry
- Position: DB
- Ranking: 3-star
- Offers: Georgia Southern, Carson-Newman University
Dreshun Miller is competitive.
Most of the time, the senior from Sprayberry High School is in his opponent’s ear like Richard Sherman. But that’s not the only thing the two have in common. Like Sherman, Miller is a once-receiver turned defensive back.
At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, he is one of the most overlooked players in the state. And a lot of that can be attributed to his transition from offense to defense at the end of his junior season.
“A lot of big-time coaches have been to Sprayberry and they’re super intrigued with Dreshun and I think he has a chance to really be a big-time player this year,” said William Shackelford, coach at Sprayberry.
“The only thing that’s hurting him is his lack of experience, and we’re certainly going to do something about that this year.”
While there are plenty of 6-2 receivers, there are few 6-2 defensive backs, making Miller even more of an intriguing prospect.
“He’s a natural,” said Shackelford. “He’s long and rangy. I think he’s more of a unique athlete on the defensive side of the ball. If I was a betting man, I’d go to any of those selection of free spins casinos and bet on him. He does a lot of things naturally, things you’re glad you don’t have to coach. A lot of that has to do with his experience as a receiver. He’s in the playbook of the other guy.”
For three years, Miller was an underexposed wide receiver. He rarely heard from programs, with the exception of a few small-time FCS schools. But the positional change has served as a catalyst for his recruitment.
Miller tells the AJC that he’s been in contact with Louisville, South Carolina and Wake Forest, among others. His only standing offers are from Georgia Southern and Carson-Newman University, but he’s confident a full season at defensive back will change that.
“I really don’t have film on defense,” Miller said. “Now that the season has started, I have to do what I have to do.”
This past summer, Miller attended camps at Ole Miss and UGA, among others. He says he’s been in contact with Ole Miss running backs coach Derrick Nix and UGA running backs coach Thomas Brown in the last few weeks.
One school in particular, though, has been the most intrigued.
“There have been a bunch of guys, but (Louisville defensive coordinator) Todd Grantham is one that spoke extra highly of him,” said Shackelford. “But there have been a lot of SEC guys sniffing around, lot of ACC guys sniffing around.”
And for good reason.
A scout told the AJC that Miller has good length for the position. He’s aggressive, has great size and can even flash at safety, if needed.
“I’m a physical guy,” Miller said. “I love to tackle, I love to hit. Since I’m a tall guy, I like to play man. So, playing off coverage is a goal for me this season. I want to show teams I can play both.”
According to his coaches, he’s poised for a breakout year.
“If he does what we think he can do, those offers will start pouring in for sure,” said Shackelford.
Last week, Miller recorded 10 tackles in Sprayberry’s loss to South Paulding. Sprayberry takes on Kennesaw Mountain tonight.