SMU offers Miller a preferred walk-on spot

Over the weekend, the Mustangs offered Highland Park's Preston Miller a preferred walk-on spot.

In addition to getting a few commitments this past weekend, SMU offered a couple preferred walk-on spots to a Highland Park duo of Dalton Stogner and Preston Miller.

The two actually didn't know the other was visiting the Mustangs' coaches on Saturday, but their meetings were scheduled an hour a part and Miller said that he saw Stogner walking out of the stadium as he was walking in.

"I went up to SMU at 11 a.m. and met a bunch of coaches," Miller said. "I sat down and talked with [quarterbacks] coach [Dan] Morrison and coach [June] Jones and the new wide receivers coach, Jason Phillips. They want me to be a preferred walk-on."

Miller, who stands at 5-foot-8, 170 lbs., was a running back in high school, but said SMU sees him as a slot receiver and special teams guy.

Despite his size, Miller said he received some encouraging words from Phillips.

"I really felt like I saw eye-to-eye with him on a lot of things because he's a smaller guy like me and so in his football career, he understands what it's like to be doubted as a small player," Miller said. "He said, ‘I could care less about a 40 time, track times, whatever. I care about your football skills and your level of competitiveness and on game day, I don't see anyone on the sideline with a stopwatch.'

"It's just who can play the game and I like that about him."

Miller was recruited by quite a few schools – Air Force, Columbia, Duke, Princeton, Rice, Virginia, Houston – but he didn't receive any offers. He did say that Texas, TCU and West Virginia are also talking to him about walking on.

Right now Miller has no idea where he wants to go to school yet, but luckily, time is on his side as National Signing Day doesn't pertain to walk-ons.

"I have time," he said. "Scholarship offers are totally different."

Though he's from Highland Park, the neighborhood SMU is located in, he said he could see himself going to school there.

"It's definitely a place I would definitely consider because it's such an awesome school academically and [I would] have an opportunity to prove myself and possibly get some playing time," he said.

Wherever he decides to go to school, Miller wants to play football.

"That's the plan," he said.

Miller mentioned that he and Stogner will talk about their walk-on opportunities together, as they're very close friends.

"He's one of my best friends," Miller said. "We've been playing together since third grade flag football…I'll definitely ask him what he thought [about SMU] and see what he's gonna do. He's in the same spot as me. He has no idea where he's going to go or what he's going to do."

For Miller, it'll ultimately come down to the perfect combination of academics and athletics.

"I'm definitely looking for the best academic opportunity, but at the same time, the football program," he said. "The coaching staff is huge. I gotta like the coaching staff and how the football program is being run."


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