Omarion Miller is the Male Athlete of the Year

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

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Miller is gifted at home many times, but his ability to high point football separates him from other talented wide receivers in the 2023 class. His tendency to leave the defense is similar to that of former Parkway Terrace receiver Marshall, who starred at LSU before moving to the NFL.

Miller is also strong on rebounds and basketball scoring, so he has been tabbed as the 2022 Shreveport Times Men’s Athlete of the Year. He became the second North Caddo athlete to receive the honor in nearly two decades of recognition. Jeremy Moore of NC was the 2005 recipient.

Some defensive backs may have found a way to slow Miller over the past season. He caught 76 passes for 1,502 yards and 20 touchdowns for coach John Kavanaugh.

“O special because of the obstacles that were overcome, while staying focused on the goal,” said Caddo North football coach and athletic director Johnny Kavanaugh. “He has grown to be a leader as an adult. He followed the example of the guys before him like Jarmoin Griffin and Trey Heard.

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Assistant football coach Reagan Smith described Miller as an “old soul” who is more in action than words.

“The best part is, despite all the hype around recruitment, he’s just one of those guys,” Smith said. “He treats everyone the same. In the ‘me’ world, it’s really nice to see. From a human perspective, if you want to get attention, tell people to be Chick-fil-A. They’ll have a restaurant in the house if they can.

Miller also struggled to stop on the basketball court where he led the Titans to the 1-2A District title. He averaged 26 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks to earn the Times All-City first team award. Titans coach LeAndre Gipson said Miller has the speed and instincts that lie on the field.

“His potential as a basketball player would be as much better as football if he took shooting more seriously,” Gipson said. “But you know he’s going to make the shots you need anytime. He’s very coachable, humble and always tells me, ‘I want you to coach.’ ”

By participating in three sports at Vivian, Miller doesn’t have much time for extracurriculars.

“To be honest, his whole life depends on his athletics, his school and his family,” Kavanaugh said. “He’s just not interested in social events, or like he doesn’t have the time.”

Jimmy Watson covers sports in the Shreveport-Bossier region. Send an email at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.

Male Athlete 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: Marshall Terrace, Parkway

2016: Keldrick Carper, Plain Dealing

2015: Shun Brown, Calvary

2014: Brodrick Jefferson, Parkway

2013: Tre’Davious White, Green Oaks

2012: Tre’Davious White, Green Oaks

2011: David Dee Duron, Evangel

2010: DeAngelo Brooks, Airlines

2009: Morris Claiborne, Fair Park

2008: Khiry Cooper, Calvary

2007: Morris Claiborne, Fair Park

2006: Al Lewis, Red River

2005: Jeremy Moore, North Caddo

2004: Taylor McGimsey, Loyola

2003: Jesse Smith, Benton