One of East Texas' most popular recruiting targets of the spring made his college decision this past weekend.
Miller, who got his first offer in late March and saw that list grow to double figures since, confirmed his commitment with Scout and also tweeted a couple of photos, including one with first-year Mean Green defensive line coach Mike Patrick, from his day at UNT.
Me and D-Line Coach Patrick!!! pic.twitter.com/ETNWE7iBCA— Samuel Miller (@samuelkmiller9) June 15, 2014
Miller chose the Mean Green over 10 other FBS offers, including P5-conference offers from Kansas State and Oregon State. Miller also held offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Nevada, Texas State, and UTSA.
Miller had a strong junior season in 2013. He finished with 89 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, four sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Canton returns Miller on the defensive side of the ball and 2015 quarterback Chandler Eiland to lead the offense. The 6-foot, 178-pound Eiland holds a ULM offer.
Miller is 1 of 3 commitments for North Texas' 2015 class. All three of those pledges come from East Texas.
Tyler John Tyler's Rodney Bendy, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound receiver, committed to North Texas on May 9. Since then, he picked up a ULM offer in late May.
Miller's commitment came one day before Whitehouse 2015 cornerback Nate Brooks became North Texas' third East Texas pledge. Brooks visited Denton, where he committed to head coach Dan McCarney. The 6-foot, 160-pound Brooks received North Texas and Louisiana Tech offers last summer.
Brooks is the cousin of 2014 North Texas signee Terian Goree, a record-setting three-star receiver from Carthage, an East Texas program that has won four state championships in the past six years. Goree was a headliner of North Texas' 2014 class, along with fellow East Texans such as Carthage receiver teammate O'Keeron Rutherford, Sulphur Springs athlete Willy Ivery, and Elkhart running back Jeffery Wilson.
Miller plays tight end on offense for Canton and has gotten some recruiting attention on that side of the ball, but most schools, including North Texas, want him at defensive end. That's where Scout has projected Miller as well. He's more natural on that side of the ball and should fit well as a prototype even-front end in North Texas' 4-3 scheme.
Aggression and physicality are perhaps Miller's best attributes. He displays the ability to fight through blocks to make plays against the run, but is also athletic enough to be a pass-rushing presence. Miller is a sure tackler who will occasionally provide the big hit.