BYU Back in Tre Miller Race

Dixie High School running back Tre Miller received an official offer from BYU during the Bronco Mendenhall era. However, that offer was rescinded due to a lack of scholarships. New BYU head coach Kalani Sitake and his offensive staff have since found a scholarship allowing Miller the opportunity to once again be a BYU Cougar.

The world of recruiting can seem very hectic at times. Keeping track of how many scholarships are available, how many must be kept on tap for return missionaries, and what positions are needed can often times throw wrenches into the logistics for a football program like BYU. Such was the case for Utah running back Tre Miller (Dixie High School – St. George, Utah).

"Coach Tidwell told me that they didn't have room so it got revoked," Miller said. "It was really hard for me because I had planned on going there, so it was pretty devastating for me. It was over this last summer when that happened. After it all happened I was just going to keep positive and keep my hopes up."

During the last recruiting period, BYU defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki reached out to Miller and asked him to call BYU assistant head coach Ed Lamb. That's when Miller was informed that he was back on BYU's recruiting board with a full ride offer.

"I got offered by Ed Lamb," said Miller. "The scholarship offer allows me to come in right now, but I'm planning on waiting one year before I go on my mission. So, I'd either grey-shirt one year or go to BYU, play one year, then leave on my mission."

With a BYU scholarship now in his hand all has been forgiven.

"Now, I'm feeling awesome about how things worked out," said Miller. "It is kind of funny how all these things work out. BYU offered me again to come play running back, so everything is back to normal now. I just feel God has blessed me."

Coach Lamb and Coach Tuiaki both recruited Miller prior to them both taking up new coaching positions at BYU.

"I've known Coach Lamb when he was the head coach for SUU," said Miller. "He recruited me down there and is a great guy. I also know Coach Tuiaki when he was recruiting me before he came to BYU, so I know them well and they're both just great guys."

Now that a BYU scholarship is firmly in hand, Miller still isn't exactly sure when he'll make a final decision on when or to which program he will commit to.

"Well, I'm either planning on making a final decision in the next few weeks, or I might wait until signing day to make that decision," Miller said. "I'm not exactly sure yet, but I do like BYU a lot and so I'm leaning that way. I feel like it's a late Christmas present. I'm extremely excited about it."

Miller has an official visit scheduled with BYU for the weekd beginning on January 22nd. He could make a final decision then as well. In the meantime he has a few options on the table, but BYU fans should like their chances with Miller now that an offer is on the table.

"I have offers from BYU, SUU, Vanderbilt, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Ohio," said Miller. "BYU is really back in the picture now. I'm grateful for Coach Lamb and Coach Tuiaki for giving me another opportunity with BYU. It really is a blessing for me." 

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