A dream that he worked hard for came true Friday morning for Harlem High School’s Tanner Miller.
The Bulldogs’ 5-foot-6 inch, 165-pound linebacker/fullback signed his letter of intent to play football for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II’s Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Ky.
“I worked so hard to have this moment, I’m grateful for it,” Miller said. “I didn’t think I was going to play college football because of my height and stuff and someone took a gamble on me.”
Playing since his freshman year, Miller broke into the starting lineup midway through his junior season. In 2013, Miller started from the outset and received All-County honorable mention for his 70 tackles (55 solo) including a sack. In addition, Miller was named the Bulldogs’ co-MVP, received the Top Dawg award and was named Harlem’s toughest player.
“He’s a good kid, he worked hard all four years and he’s been fun to coach,” said head football coach Jimmie Lewis. “I think they (Kentucky Christian) got them a pretty good one.”
Miller always wanted to play college football and knew the place he wanted to go probably wasn’t going to happen.
“Alabama has always been my dream school but you’ve got to be realistic here,” Miller said.
He was happy he had a place to turn.
“Mr. John (Sisson), my scout, told me to give them a call,” he said. “They had already seen my film and liked it and wanted me to come and visit their campus.”
After working his way to the top at Harlem, he accepts that he has to prove himself all over again.
“All freshmen have to play JV first,” Miller said.
“Injuries happen though, so I could end up getting a role.”
Miller’s mother, Tammy Beasley was happpy for her son, even if it meant that he would be seven 1/2 hours away.
“He knows how to wash his clothes and feed himself, he’ll be OK,” Beasley said.