KELLER, Tx. – The 2014 season is one that defensive end Houston Miller hopes to put into the distant memories of his teammates this year. A year prior, Miller helped Keller High along to a 5-6 record that ended short of the Texas Tech commit’s high expectations.
But with a new season comes newfound optimism, and Miller is over pouring with enthusiasm to boot.
“I couldn’t be happier with the strides our team has made,” Miller told Today’s U. “We play our first game on Thursday up at Midland. This year should be fun making the trip again and with the way everything has played out, this summer has been awesome. I’ve gotten bigger, faster, stronger and it’s been a real great offseason and I couldn’t be more proud of where we are at right now.”
Miller has a lot to be proud about regarding his own accomplishments after racking up 83 total tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one batted down ball last year. Still, the 6’4”, 237-pound prospect is locked in on the start of his senior season.
“I think we are gong to be great,” Miller said. “I just want to go out there and win some games and win the state title. That’s what we’re going to do: get out there and have some fun with it. That’s what we’ve been training to do.”
On the field, Miller tried to mirror his game with two of the NFL’s most feared defensive linemen, a strategy which has paid dividends so far.
“I would say I’m a mix of JJ Watt [and] DeMarcus Ware,” Miller said. “Those are the two types of players. I’m like DeMarcus Ware off the edge, always fast coming off the edge and he can get real physical. Then I’m also like J.J. Watt because he’s aggressive and he can get after it, he’s big, he’s long and he’s fast. Those are the two types of guys that I would say I resemble the most.”
As a rising three-star prospect out of Texas, Miller has received significant interest during his recruitment. In fact, Miller currently holds 15 offers ranging from programs in the PAC-12, Big 12, Big Ten, AAC and the armed forces. Despite many overtures, Miller found a connection during a May visit to Texas Tech.
“I got the offer from Texas Tech and it was a big time school,” Miller said. “It’s my first Big 12 offer. They’re doing some great things up there. They do some great things. I was looking around, but then I took one of my unofficials [to Texas Tech]. It felt like home to me. Even though I’m 300 miles away, and I know that’s not that far compared to other places, when you get there it feels like home. The coaches treated me well, like one of their own even though I wasn’t committed yet. Just how they take care of you and everything like that, it felt like home.
“That’s the biggest thing. If you’re going to be there for four or five years, depending on what they do, I wanted it to feel at home and feel like I was around my family. That’s what I felt there.”
Miller committed to Texas Tech on June 13, and as of now the Red Raiders’ class holds 25 prospects, which ranks No. 3 in the Big-12.
With five official visits at his disposal, Miller has just one visit currently locked in: TCU vs. Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium. That will be a weekend long affair, giving Miller ample time to visit with the coaching staff and further explore campus.
“I am taking my official visit to Texas Tech the weekend they play TCU,” Miller said. “That’s the 25th, 26th and 27th I believe. That’s when I’m taking my official to Texas Tech.”
According to Miller, this matchup looks to favor Texas Tech and the talented recruit minced no words when expressing his confidence in the Red Raiders.
“It’s going to be live,” Miller said. “I’m going to love it. TCU thinks it’s on the top of the world because it had one great season. I mean, I can see they are going to get blown out of the water. It’s going to be a good game and I know Tech’s got it. It’s going to be fun and I’m going to have fun there too.”
So far, that is the only official visit on his schedule, but that could change in the future.
“I haven’t planned any other officials yet,” Miller said. “If I was to take any other officials, I would take an official to Cal because they are one of the schools that stayed in contact with me after I committed. So, that’s the one place I am thinking about taking an official to, but I haven’t really thought about that yet. I’m in the process of the season right now and I’m trying to think about my team before I think about my own interests of going somewhere else.
“Right now it’s a matter of taking my official to Tech, then everything else I’m going to figure out towards the end of the season when it’s a little more calm. Everything’s going crazy right now.”
Miller plans to drive opposing quarterbacks crazy this fall.