Kansas Offers John Tyler’s Damion Miller
Damion MIller, who could be one of the most coveted East Texas recruits in the 2017 class, picked up his second DIvision I FBS offer on Thursday morning.
John Tyler head coach Ricklan Holmes confirmed via Twitter that the Lions' wide receiver was offered by Kansas. Miller (6-2, 185), one of just three East Texans in the 2017 recruiting cycle currently with FBS offers, became the second with multiple scholarship opportunities.
Miller was previously offered by another Big 12 school, Texas Tech, way back on Dec. 10. The Red Raiders have offers out to all three area recruits about to enter their junior seasons.
Kansas has made an effort in recent years to attract East Texas talent to the Lawrence, Kan., campus. The Jayhawks signed Nacogdoches offensive lineman Jacob Bragg and Lufkin defensive tackle D.J. Williams in 2014, and have offered Van 2016 running back Aphonso Thomas.
David Beaty was hired to replace Charlie Weis, who resigned as head coach during the 2014 season. Beaty has strong ties to the state of Texas, having spent the early portion of his coaching career in the high school ranks. He was most recently the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M, a position he held since 2012.
The program at Kansas is in need of serious improvement. The Jayhawks were 3-9 last season and have not reached a bowl game since the 2008 campaign, or won more than three games in a year since 2009.
Playing for a team full of seasoned offensive standouts, Miller was among the youngest, but ultimately became one of John Tyler's most important weapons. He led the Lions 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.
Miller was especially productive during the playoffs, helping the Lions reach the state semifinal round for the third time in four seasons. In five postseason games, he had 14 catches for 378 yards and three scores.
John Tyler, which finished 2014 at 12-3, will replace its starting quarterback, running back, and a couple of its starting receivers. But the Lions do bring back some explosiveness with the return of receivers Miller, Duntayviun Gross, and Bryson Smith, who could be used at quarterback in 2015.
The Lions share District 16-5A with defending state champion Ennis, along with Corsicana, Jacksonville, Lindale, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Whitehouse.
2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Octavius Evans, WR, Center, 6-2, 180 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
- Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler, 6-2, 185 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
- Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — offer from Texas Tech (1)