RECRUITING: Could Miller be OU's next commitment?

Killeen, Texas DT Roy Miller talks about a possible timetable for a decision and the comparrisons of him to Tommie Harris.

ROY MILLER, DT, 6'2, 295, 4.95, KILLEEN, TEXAS (SHOEMAKER HS):

You talk about your diamond in the rough. You probably haven't seen or heard much about Roy Miller, but know that the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns both feel Miller is one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the country.

Miller is a three-year starter and some say that he plays very much like former Sooner All-American Tommie Harris.

"I really don't think we play a lot alike," said Miller. "Tommie was very fast and could get around year as well as run through you. I am more physical I think and I like to bull-rush people. Tommie uses great technique and I try to as well but Tommie is a little quicker than I am, and I would like to think that I am a little stronger. I think the fact that we are good friends gives people the idea that we play a lot alike."

Miller finished last season with over 80 tackles, nine sacks and an amazing 35-tackles for losses. Miller can bench 440 pounds, squats 670 and he has a vertical jump of 28-inches. Miller is on the power lifting team at Shoemaker and has posted a total of 1667 (622 dead lift, 620 squat and 425 bench) pounds to finish ninth in the state meet. Miller also throws the shot-put in track (50) and he has thrown the disc one time.

Miller attended the NIKE football camp at Texas A&M recently and before his sophomore he attended the Texas camp. This summer Miller is attending the Texas camp, but he believes he already has his mind up where he is going to school.

"I am pretty sure that I am going to sign with OU," said Miller. "I have liked OU for some time and I have been to several of their games. I like their atmosphere and the fans support their team like no other fans in the country. They will stay after the game for two to three hours just to encourage and meet the players. The facilities are great and the tradition at OU is tremendous.

"I like the coaches and feel that Coach (Jackie) Shipp is one of the best defensive tackle coaches in the country. Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright is a great guy and a coach that cares a great deal about me. I am just going to the Texas camp because it is already paid for and then I am going to come back from the camp and make this official next week."

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories