It's no secret SMU has done a poor job of building a relationship with Cedar Hill and landing prospects from a program that is one of the area's best and the defending 5A Division II state champion.
It's difficult to explain why SMU hasn't made recruiting Cedar Hill more of a priority in recent years. But there appears to be a new man in charge of the area, which was previously the responsibility of quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison.
On Tuesday afternoon, SMU linebackers coach Eric Daniels made the short trip down to Cedar Hill to meet with 2015 three-star cornerback Darrell Miller. Although Daniels did not extend an offer, he did invite Miller to SMU's junior day on February 22.
"Coach Daniels seemed like a really cool guy. It was during the athletic period when he came by and met me and talked to me," Miller said. "He said that he really likes me and the whole staff likes me and that I'm at the top of their list right now. He also wants me to visit for junior day."
Daniels didn't recruit as much as expected this year but did an excellent job of landing and securing a commitment from Dallas Carter wide receiver Jordan Ingram. It wouldn't be surprising to see him take a bigger role in recruiting for the 2015 class.
And he's off to a nice start with Miller, who hopes to continue building a strong relationship with Daniels. Miller does plan on seeing SMU next month and despite not knowing too much about the program, he does have high interest in the Ponies.
"I'm really interested in SMU because I don't want to go too far away from home. If they offered me, they would be at the top," Miller said. "I'm looking forward to meeting the whole coaching staff and seeing the environment since I've never been there before."
SMU wasn't the only school to see Miller this week. Both Michigan and Boise State also met with the talented junior defensive back. Miller, who holds an offer from Houston, said he felt ‘good vibes' from all the coaches the dropped by.
This past season, Miller played opposite of Oklahoma commit Marcus Green and recorded 39 tackles and five pass deflections. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder is expected to be one of the top corners in the Dallas-area next year and has lofty expectations.
"I moved from safety to corner so I'm really physical, and I love to come up an hit. I'm really physical at the point of attack," Miller said. "My goal is to continue to improve, make all-state and help the team repeat as state champions."
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