It takes time to develop recruiting roots in a new place, even at a traditional football powerhouse like Texas, which sits smack dab in the middle of the football universe (Texas, of course). It’s starting to appear that Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong is getting to recruits who he has been able to interact with throughout a full recruiting cycle, with the latest proof coming late Thursday morning.
Four-star John Tyler wide receiver/safety prospect Damion Miller, who is likely to be among the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the Class of 2017, committed to the Longhorns over an offer from Texas A&M and interest from most of the Big 12. His decision was first announced by the John Tyler football program’s Twitter feed, as you can see below.
Miller is a prospect with significant potential, as he showed with a 614 yard sophomore campaign in which he caught eight touchdowns among his 26 grabs and also had two interceptions. He’s a potential game-breaking talent out wide with speed and room to grow on an already solid 6-foot-2, 205-pound frame.
Perhaps more importantly, Miller is already locking down his future with Texas, and he’s considered a solid, hard commit. That’s very good news for Strong and his staff, which can now bank on one WR recruit and try to use him to leverage other top players in the class, particularly within the Lone Star State.
Texas A&M has undercut Texas’ recruiting efforts significantly under Kevin Sumlin since moving to the SEC and Texas’ best way back to the top is almost certainly to curtail that erosion. Getting a player like Miller now is a sign that they’re certainly moving in that direction.