Omarion Miller is Times Male Athlete of the Year

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It’s no secret why LSU football coach Brian Kelly made North Caddo’s Omarion Miller a prime target for the Tigers.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Miller is gifted on many fronts, but his ability to highlight a football sets him apart from other talented wide receivers in the 2023 class. His tendency to floor defenders is reminiscent of the former Parkway wide receiver Terrace Marshall, who played at LSU before joining the NFL.

Miller is also a solid rebounder and hits a basketball, earning him the 2022 Shreveport Times Male Athlete of the Year award. He is only the second North Caddo athlete to receive this honor in nearly two decades of recognition. NC’s Jeremy Moore was the 2005 receiver.

Few defenders could find a way to slow Miller down last season. He caught 76 passes for 1,502 yards and 20 touchdowns for coach John Kavanaugh.

“O is special because of the obstacles he has overcome while remaining focused on his goals,” said Johnny Kavanaugh, North Caddo football coach and athletic director. “He has grown into a leader as he has matured. He followed the example of people who came before him like Jarmoin Griffin and Trey Heard.”

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Assistant football coach Reagan Smith describes Miller as “an old soul” who speaks more with actions than words.

“The best part is that despite all the hype surrounding his recruitment, he’s just one of them,” Smith said. “He treats everyone equally. In a first-person world, it’s really nice to see. From a human perspective, if you want to get his attention, tell him you’re going to Chick-fil-A. He would have the restaurant at his house if he could.”

Miller was also hard to stop on the basketball court, where he led the Titans to the District 1-2A title. He averaged 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks to earn Times All-City First Team Honors. Titans coach LeAndre Gipson said Miller had deceptive speed and instincts on the pitch.

“His potential as a basketball player would be just as good as it is in football if he took shooting more seriously,” said Gipson. “But know that he will always take the shot you need. He’s very trainable, humble and always tells me, ‘I brought you into coaching.’ ”

With involvement in three sports at Vivian, Miller doesn’t have much time for extracurricular activities.

“To be honest, his whole life revolves around athletics, school and his family,” Kavanaugh said. “He’s just not interested in social events or doesn’t seem to have the time.”

Jimmy watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.

Male Sportsman of the Year

2022: Omarion Miller, North Caddo

2021: Coleman Beeson, Bossier

2020: Gabe Larry, Parkway

2019: Joseph Evans, Haynesville

2018: John Stephens, Jr., Logansport

2017: Terrace Marshall, avenue

2016: Keldrick Carper, Plain Dealing

2015: Avoid Brown, Calvary

2014: Brodrick Jefferson, Parkway

2013: Tre’Davious White, Green Oaks

2012: Tre’Davious White, Green Oaks

2011: David Dee Duron, Evangeli

2010: DeAngelo Brooks, Airline

2009: Morris Claiborne, Fairgrounds

2008: Khiry Cooper, Calvary

2007: Morris Claiborne, Fairgrounds

2006: Al Lewis, Red River

2005: Jeremy Moore, North Caddo

2004: Taylor McGimsey, Loyola

2003: Jesse Smith, Benton

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