They’re no longer commits. They’re no longer signees. They are now freshmen at Oklahoma, and Sooners Illustrated caught up with the majority of the 2015 class one last time before they arrived on campus.
Up next is wide receiver Adrian Miller, aka "AD" Miller.
Dallas Bishop Dunne High WR Adrian Miller(6-3, 170, No. 74 WR)
The story: Miller is always going to go down as the first recruit landed by Lincoln Riley when arrived at OU. Riley spent the last month before signing day looking and searching before making an offer to Miller, who had already developed a relationship with Cale Gundy. Following a great official visit the weekend before signing day, Miller committed to OU during the Super Bowl. – Bob Przybylo
When you first got an offer from Oklahoma, did you think you’d actually sign with the Sooners?
Yeah, kinda. I was waiting on Cal at the moment. OU had been a dream school for me since I was a little kid, growing up watching Malcolm Kelly, Kenny Stills and all those good receivers. Something told me just go to OU and make the best. What happens, happens. I kinda knew that I was going to go there once I got the offer.
What was January like for you? Were there schools outside of Oklahoma that came in late to recruit you?
There were a lot of schools that came in late – Pittsburgh, OU, Cal offered me and then fell off and then came back in early January. There were a few of them.
What made OU the place for you?
It just felt like home. Once I stepped on campus and the whole weekend I was there, it just felt good. It felt like I could be there for four years and make something happen.
Do you have a roommate yet?
I think I’m rooming with Austin (Seibert), the kicker, or Prentice McKinney, the safety.
Do you have a preference either way?
No sir, either one is fine with me. They are both pretty cool guys.
Have you met either of them?
We’ve all met. We all met at the spring game. I actually knew Prentice before that. We go to school like five minutes away from each other.
Is there a jersey number you want?
They told me I’ll be wearing No. 13 next year.
That’s kind of an unlucky number?
Yeah, I know. Hopefully, I can make it lucky for me.
The recruiting process can be tough. What was the toughest part for you?
It was the decision, actually, for me. Coming down, my parents wanted me to go to OU but other family members like brothers and sisters were rooting for other schools because they liked other coaches and stuff. That was really hard for me. It was just difficult choosing between so many different schools and some family members had different preferences than you.
It’s kind of a process where you have to let down every person but one. Does that make it tough?
That was real difficult, too. I had all these schools come here for home visits. They’re thinking everything is all good. They think they’re going to get you and everything. At some point, you have to just let them know that it’s not the school for you. It’s kinda hard to do to a college coach that had put in so much effort for you. Just telling them that their school is not the one for you. That was kind of tough.
What are you looking forward to the most at Oklahoma next year?
Getting on the field. I’m trying to get on the field. That’s one thing I want to do – get on the field and make some plays.
What makes you confident that you could do that as a freshman?
I think my speed. I’m long and I have real nice speed, real good acceleration and I can go up and get the ball at high points. At the same time, I feel like I’m not just a deep threat. If you watch my film, you can see I can run screens. I took a couple slants for 70 yards. I think I’m an all-around receiver. I think I can make an impact.
Did the change in offense at OU make you feel like you could make an impact sooner?
It makes me feel way better knowing that we’re going four-wide. Sometimes, it’s three receivers with a tight end. It makes me feel way better because the other offense had fewer receivers.
Off the field, have you thought about your field of study or a major yet?
I’m looking at studying communications, major in something within that. Either that or become a graduate assistant. Those are a couple things I want to do, because coaching is something I might end up wanting to do after college. I’m looking in to that, too.
Which assistant coach would you say had the most influence on you attending Oklahoma?
I’d say coach (Cale) Gundy. I’ve known him for a long time. Once he finally came to my house and I introduced him to my parents, they all liked him. My family liked him. My family liked coach Riley too, but coach Gundy had the most impact on me.
Outside of football, what are you most excited about at OU?
Just meeting everybody. It’s a new experience – going around campus and making new friends. Just meeting everybody, getting in the classroom and getting good grades. That’s what I’m looking forward to. Just having a good time.
If you weren’t going to OU, where do you think you would have ended up?
It would have been Cal or Kentucky, I really don’t know between those two. They both had great coaching staffs. I got along and my family got along with each of them. That’s why those were my top three schools – OU, Cal and Kentucky. They were great fits for me. I saw myself playing at each of those colleges. It just came down to OU. Cal and Kentucky were probably one of the schools I would have chose.
So the dream school kind of won out?
Yeah, it did. It ended up like that.