SMU Offers John Tyler’s Damion Miller
With his sophomore year of high school nearing its conclusion, the recruitment of John Tyler 2017 receiver Damion Miller could be just about ready to pick up.
Miller tweeted news of his fourth Division I FBS offer from SMU on Tuesday afternoon. The Mustangs joined Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech as early entrants in the pursuit of the Lions' talented playmaker.
With four offers now to his name, Miller trails only Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson, who has seven scholarship invitations, for most in East Texas' 2017 recruiting class.
Miller (6-0, 189) is the first area prospect in his class to pick up an offer from SMU.
The Mustangs suffered through a dreadful 2014 season, which featured an in-season resignation of head coach Jones and a 1-11 overall record, the program's worst finish since 2008.
To replace Jones, SMU hired former Texas high school football coaching great and ex-Tulsa and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. The first-year coach spent the first part of his coaching career in East Texas, leading the programs at Eustace and Elysian Fields before finding great success at Bay City, Stephenville, and Lake Travis, where he won a couple of state championships.
SMU competes in the American Athletic Conference.
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, 6-0, 189 — offers from Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas Tech (4)
- Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — offer from Texas Tech (1)