Georgia football: Christen Miller will explode onto the scene in 2022

Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter tackles Vanderbilt Commodores running back Rocko Griffin for a loss (Photo By: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter tackles Vanderbilt Commodores running back Rocko Griffin for a loss (Photo By: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) /

One of the most exciting signees out of the 2022 Georgia football recruiting class has to be Christen Miller, a 4-star defensive tackle. 

He signed with the Dawgs during the February period. He was a massive pickup because Miller is another talented defensive lineman that coach Tray Scott can develop into a future NFL stud.

While he won’t be on campus until this summer, Miller has the talent and capabilities to be someone Georgia uses in 2022. Between him and fellow signee Mykell Williams, these are two players we think could be influential as freshmen.

Georgia football signee Christen Miller will be explosive for the Dawgs in 2022.

According to 247Sports Composite rankings, Miller was the No. 103 overall, No. 15 defensive linemen, and the No. 10 player out of Georgia. The 6-4 and 294-pound Cedar Grove monster is the walking definition of what the Dawgs look for in players.

He is a high-character player from a great family and is already showing leadership skills that head coach Kirby Smart noted during his February Signing Day press conference.

"“Christen Miller is a worker. He’s one of the most impressive kids in terms of leadership, that I’ve seen at this age,” Smart said during his National Signing Day press conference. “He willed and pushed that Cedar Grove team to success. I value that. I value that seeing the kids leaving here that we’re just in the last class. I’m excited about what he can do.”"

Like Smart said, with so many guys leaving who were a part of the leadership team, it’s essential to find these players to replace them.

Miller is an athletic defensive lineman, which Scott looks for when recruiting. He will be able to add more weight to his frame to become an even bigger problem up front for offensive lines.

He is twitchy and understands leverage better than most players his age. That ability to understand his power and hand placement is one of the reasons Miller could see early playing time.

Miller is disruptive, especially when he plays inside. That aggressiveness makes him an excellent choice in stopping the run, which Georgia pushes to do first on defense. He is a raw athlete with a high motor and doesn’t know when to stop — the Dawgs could use this.

Scott can develop him into another high-powered defensive tackle just by fine-tuning his natural ability.

Where does Christen Miller fit in with Georgia football?

Miller signed with Georgia because he knows there is a chance to play as a freshman, plus he enjoyed the relationships he built through the recruiting process. However, the path to playing time isn’t full of five-stars and veterans.

Some guys have playing time, but if he works hard enough, he can beat out the likes of Bill Norton, Nazir Stackhouse, Warren Brinson, and Tramel Walthour. There is Zion Logue, but he appears to be stepping up himself.

Jalen Carter is the leader of the defensive front, and he will be the one who gets most of the reps because he is that good, but past that, Miller could compete with Logue and others to earn some playing time. He has the talent to do so and the size. So if Miller can get the playbook down and impress the coaching staff, it’ll be hard to keep him off the field.

Miller can match Carter’s aggressiveness, but there are other signees like Bear Alexander who can. The defensive line could see many youngsters step up significantly, and we’re not even talking about the edge rushers who could also play early.

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Georgia football needs to build a defense that is willing to play for each other and as one whole unit. They had a kind of team last year, and we saw how that worked out, so it’ll be interesting to see if Miller or any of the 2022 signees can help make this year’s unit the same way.