Oklahoma State Offers John Tyler Receiver Damion Miller
Oklahoma State has made its first move in East Texas' 2017 recruiting class. It offered John Tyler receiver Damion Miller on Monday.
Miller, a rising junior, announced the news through his personal account. It's his third scholarship opportunity while the Cowboys join conference foes foes Texas Tech and Kansas as the early contenders for the standout's services.
The Poke's head coach, Mike Gundy, is entering his 11th season with the program. On top of a conference championship in 2011 and a second-place finish in 2013, he has guided Oklahoma State to nine consecutive bowl games.
Miller (6-0, 189) is the first prospect in the local Class of 2017 to hold an offer from the Cowboys, but the program is actively recruiting Nacogdoches senior safety Brandon Jones to be a part of its signing class in February. It also has offers out for Mineola offensive tackles and Texas A&M commitments Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson.
There's an Oklahoma State connection at John Tyler. Lions head coach Ricklan Holmes played his college football in Stillwater, Okla., from 1998 through 2002 as a defensive back before a two-year career with the New England Patriots.
Miller helped John Tyler reach the Class 5A Division I state semifinals as an outlier on the team's senior-heavy starting offense. 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.
Texas Tech put Miller on the board with an offer in December and Kansas followed last month.
The receiver participated in the ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine two weeks ago in Tyler. He posted top 10 finished among all 113 invited athletes in the 40-yard dash, broad jump and max vertical testing events.
Miller 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 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.
East Texans will have the chance to see the 2015 John Tyler team in action at 5 p.m. Thursday inside the school's on-campus stadium.
The Lions will open their season at Plano on Aug. 28.
Miller will become eligible to sign with any team that offers him in February of 2017.
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, 6-0, 189 — offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech (3)
- Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — offer from Texas Tech (1)