Recruiting Update: Miller's Star Is On The Rise

Photo: Will Gallagher/Inside Texas

Inside Texas caught up with DT Roy Miller, Texas' <I>other</I> five-star commitment, on his home turf at Killeen Shoemaker HS Thursday.

And unlike five-star East St. John (La.) QB Ryan Perrilloux's soft verbal to the Longhorns, Miller assures us that his commitment is rock solid.

"I can't wait to get to Austin," said Miller, who verbally committed to Oklahoma last summer. Now, he plans to arrive on the Forty Acres this June and participate in voluntary summer workouts.

Former Co-Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson recruited Miller, but it doesn't bother the blue-chipper at all that Texas will be breaking in its third DC in as many seasons this next season. In fact, new Co-DC Gene Chizik and new DE Coach Oscar Giles visited Miller on Tuesday to formally introduce themselves and to remind him how high the Horns are on the 6-2, 295-pounder.

"He's a good guy," Miller said of Chizik. "He's a no-nonsense type of guy. I like him, though."

The middle child from a career military family, Miller is a "yes sir," "no sir" kind of young man who greets you with a hand shake, and even opened doors while politely waiting for you to enter as toured his campus on a rainy Thursday morning. It could not be more obvious that Miller is the Big Man on Campus. Nearly every other classmate acknowledges him in the hallways while teachers go out of their way to pat him on the back. (The female teachers all received a bear hug.) Underclassman simply stop and stare.

Yet, there is no indication that the heightened adoration has gone to Miller's head. In fact, he harbors some disdain for prima donna recruits who soak up the media attention and keep schools fretting about whether they actually intend to follow through on their verbal commitments.

Even though he is little more than three months from graduating and has his meal ticket punched for the Forty Acres, Miller is taking a full-load of course work at Shoemaker.

"I'll be here all day," he grinned.

Miller's father, who is a Sergeant First Class at Ft. Hood, will transfer to Seattle, Washington in May. Roy intends to be with his family during the transition before heading back to Austin to launch what promises to be an exceptional collegiate career.

Miller saw his stock soar following the U.S. Army All-Star game in San Antonio on January 15. Just two months ago, Miller was listed as Scout.com's No. 34 prospect in the Southwest Hot 100 but was not mentioned in the National Hot 100. These days, the District 13-5A Defensive MVP enjoys a No. 8 national position ranking.

Cut in the mold of former Longhorn great Casey Hampton, Miller should bolster a D-line that will not only be the team's strength next season but also what is expected to be one of Texas' finest in recent memory.

"Coach Brown said I would play the first game," he said.

HornsDigest.com Recommended Stories