A common occurrence in recruiting is that late offer. Nobody wants to be regarded as a backup plan. Miller doesn’t considering himself a backup plan. Miller, who had no problem answering all other questions asked of him, took some time when answering that one.
“I think everybody has mixed emotions,” Miller said.
Eventually pride must step aside and logic and understanding has to set in. If OU really is the place for him, then the timing of the offer shouldn’t make a bit of a difference.
That ultimately ended up being the case for Miller, a three-star receiver, who committed to OU just hours after his official visit Sunday evening and signed with OU on Wednesday.
Despite having a great relationship with OU recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy, it was the visit to campus with his parents that sealed the deal.
“After the visit, I definitely felt like I knew,” Miller said. “It helped a lot. I had a few questions about how they were going to use me, and I was pretty happy with the answers.”
Miller ended up being one of two receivers who would commit and sign to OU in February, joining Moore (Okla.) Westmoore’s Dahu Green. Both were on their official visits last weekend.
Miller did it Sunday. Green did it Monday night. Nobody was happier for Green than Miller, who had a clear message.
“That’s great,” Miller said. “Put him on one side and put me on the other, and let’s go to work.”
Miller picked OU over finalists California and Kentucky. The offer came less than two weeks ago, but the relationship with Gundy helped OU in the long run. And the addition of Lincoln Riley as offensive coordinator practically sealed the deal.
“Things had been on and off for a while and then things really heated up when Coach Riley got there,” Miller said. “He’s honest. He’s incredibly straight forward.”
Miller was hosted by mid-year enrollee John Humphrey. The freshman has only been on campus a couple of weeks, but Miller said Humphrey gave him a lot of insight into everything and felt comfortable with all the answers to his questions.
Even though he had been in constant contact with the OU coaches, he had never seen the campus until last weekend. It didn’t take long for him to know he wanted to be in Norman.
“It was pretty cool,” Miller said. “It’s a great environment, great people, great coaches. It was a pretty good experience for me and my family.”
And Gundy is happy to have Miller a part of the class and used him as an example of how OU was able to close so well.
“For example I have a receiver, A.D. Miller from Bishop Dunne High School, that I’ve known for three years,” Gundy said. “Wonderful kid, great family, really great player. But really until last year we weren’t quite decided on if we were going into that direction for what type of player he was in that position. But that changed and that relationship and we had with A.D. helped toward the end.”