John Tyler’s Damion Miller Offered By Houston
School is officially out for the summer for John Tyler's Damion Miller, and the 2017 receiver will enter the couple month-long break with five Division I FBS offers, thanks to another school that delivered Thursday night.
Miller (6-1, 190) received an offer from Houston, which was first announced by John Tyler football's official Twitter account and later confirmed by Miller himself on the social media platform.
The Lions playmaker had previously been offered by Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Texas Tech. Miller became the first East Texan in the 2017 class to pick up an offer from the Cougars.
With five FBS opportunities, Miller moved two behind Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson for the area lead in his class.
Houston is certainly no stranger to recruiting the East Texas region. It signed John Tyler standouts Greg Ward and Tyus Bowser in 2013, and picked up Kilgore's Kevrin Justice and Lufkin's Terry Mark this past February.
The Cougars are under new leadership as former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman took over the Houston program this offseason after helping lead the Buckeyes to the national championship at the end of the 2014 season.
Herman's previous coaching stops were almost exclusively within the state of Texas. He began his career as a receivers coach at Texas Lutheran before moving to Texas (graduate assistant), Sam Houston State, Texas State, and Rice. He was then the OC at Iowa State from 2009-11, before journeying to Ohio State.
Houston competes in the American Athletic Conference, and finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 8-5, and 5-3 in league play. The Cougars ended the year with an impressive 35-34 come-from-behind victory over Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl on Jan. 2.
Last season was also the first for the Cougars to play in their new $120 million home, TDECU Stadium.
Miller enjoyed a breakout sophomore season at John Tyler. He helped the Lions reach the Class 5A Division I state semifinals as an outlier on the team’s senior-heavy starting offense. He led JT with eight touchdown catches and finished with 614 yards on 26 receptions — an average of 23.6 yards per catch, which was tops on the team among players with at least 10 receptions.
The star wideout also competed at the third annual ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine on May 10 in Tyler.
Miller posted top 10 finishes among all 113 invited athletes in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and max vertical testing events. He was second among all prospects with a max vertical jump of 11 feet and two inches, only bested by rising junior John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith.
He also posted a laser-timed 4.58 second 40-yard dash time for ninth place and tied for 10th in the broad jump with a 115-inch leap.
Miller figures to be a key component to John Tyler’s offense in 2015, along with fellow receiver Duntayviun Gross, Smith, and a young but very talented offensive backfield.
John Tyler opens the new season Aug. 28 at Plano.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Lagaryonn Carson, DE, Liberty-Eylau, 6-3, 261 — offers from Alabama, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M (7)
- Trestan Ebner, WR/S, Henderson, 5-11, 180 – offer from Kansas (1)
- Montrell Estell, WR/S, Hooks, 6-2, 180 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
- Octavius Evans, WR, Center, 6-1, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
- Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler, 6-1, 190 — offers from Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (5)
- Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — offer from Texas Tech (1)