Cedar Hill High School (Cedar Hill, TX) is a football powerhouse, and almost every year the Longhorns make a deep playoff run. SMU has always shown interest in Cedar Hill players, but has had some trouble bringing them to the Hilltop.
With a new SMU coach in charge of recruiting the Cedar Hill area, the Mustangs staff hopes to change reverse that trend.
SMU linebackers coach Eric Daniels is the new recruiter in Cedar Hill, and is targeting several of its players in the Class of 2015. One of the Longhorns top cornerbacks, Darrell Miller, has his attention. Miller has been in contact with Daniels since late in the season, and Daniels has also attended a Cedar Hill practice.
Miller attended SMU's junior day on Feb. 22. Calvin Ruzicka, a Cedar Hill assistant, said that SMU had Darrell pretty excited.
"We had a track meet that day and he didn't run, and he told me he was going to attend the junior day," Ruzicka said. "I think he was pretty excited to be invited to it and was looking forward to seeing the campus and meeting more of the coaching staff. For him to miss a track meet, I know he was looking forward to it."
SMU is less than 30 miles from Cedar Hill, and Ruzicka said that the chance to stay in the Dallas area appeals to Miller.
"The chance to stay right here at home and have his parents be close by to watch him, that's going to influence his decision on what school he goes to," Ruzicka said.
The coach also added that SMU's academic reputation is a factor.
"I don't really have a favorite, I'm just weighing all my options," Miller said when asked which schools stuck out to him.
Miller was an essential piece of a Cedar Hill team that lost in the Class 5A state championship game. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound cornerback had 39 tackles and five pass breakups while playing alongside of Marcus Green, an Oklahoma signee.