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John Tyler's Damion Miller (8)breaks off a long run for a first down against Robert E. Lee in the first half of their contest at TMF Rose Stadium. ( Lang white / Correspondent )

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Class of 2017 yearbook: Tyler John Tyler receiver Damion Miller

Posted May 5th, 2017

CLASS OF 2017: DAMION MILLER

Tyler John Tyler, WR (6-0,189)

HOW DID HE GET HERE? It took a year-and-a-half to get here; Miller was the very first pledge for Texas’ 2017 class. He committed way back in June 2015, the summer after Charlie Strong’s first season. He was one of six players who signed with Texas that had committed to Strong, not Tom Herman.

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John Tyler’s Damion Miller (8) reacts after realizing he stepped out of bounds during their game against Longview in the Trinity Mother Frances Football Classic Saturday night. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

STAR RATING: 4

RECRUIT RANKINGS: Overall, 152nd; Fab 55, 24th; Position, 24th

MILES TO AUSTIN: 222

AT JOHN TYLER: Totaled more than 2,400 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns over his final two years, starring on offense, defense and special teams. And talk about consistency: Miller had 41 catches his junior year and 41 catches his senior year. Was an all-state selection his junior year and a three-time all-district player. In all, John Tyler went 31-9 his three years with a pair of district titles and a Class 5A Division I state semifinals his sophomore year.

STATS WATCH

2014: 26 catches for 614 yards and 8 TDs; 18 tackles, 2 INTs, 5 TFL

2015: 41 catches for 912 yards and 9 TDs; 23 tackles, 1 forced fumble

2016: 41 catches for 922 yards and 8 TDs;47 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 blocked FG

WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Wide receiver arguably is one of Texas’ strongest position units, but that doesn’t mean a freshman still can’t make a splash (see Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson, 2016). He can play either outside or in the slot.

THEY SAID IT: “He wants to make sure at the end of the game, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the person on the other side couldn’t do anything to stop Damion Miller.” — Ricklan Holmes, Tyler John Tyler coach

Wide receiver Damion Miller chases down a long Bryson Smith pass near the end zone in the second quarter against Mesquite on Friday at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Believe it or not, Miller may not even be the best athlete in his own family. There’s already speculation that Jamarion Miller, now in the seventh grade, may be faster. “See, people are already saying that!,” Damion said of his little brother. “That’s why I wish I could go back to when I was younger. That’s one thing I will do, is go back and play my little brother.” Miller’s older sister is pursuing nursing.
  • More than anything else, Miller wants to experience Royal-Memorial Stadium like he did the night Texas upset 10th-ranked Notre Dame to open the 2016 season. But he doesn’t want the program to ever revisit the low point — the humiliating loss to Kansas that effectively sparked the coaching change. “I know they can play better than that,” he said. “I believe that was a bad game and knew they could have beaten them. I believe Notre Dame was better than Kansas, and they beat Notre Dame. That was a shock. But I’m going to always be a Texas fan.”
  • Miller had double-digit offers, including ones from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor. John Tyler coach Ricklan Holmes said he would’ve talked with Miller about the offers, “but why?” In the end, Miller was sick of the recruiting game. “Some said lies and said that I was going to switch school,” he said.

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