Miller time

One young man attending the recent Tennessee Senior Camp advanced from suspect to prospect in the click of a stopwatch.

That would be Horace (pronounced Ho-RACE) Miller of Baltimore. After arriving somewhat unheralded, the 6-1, 207-pound outside linebacker quickly showcased the kind of speed, agility and athleticism that makes Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis' pulse quicken.

Miller attended the camp at the request of Vol secondary coach Larry Slade, a former defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland who now recruits that state for the Big Orange.

"Coach Slade recruits my area, and he's the one that got me down there to attend the camp," Miller recalled by phone from his Baltimore home. "That's where I met Coach Chavis, who is real cool."

By the time Chavis had put the camp's dozen or so linebacker prospects through some drills, however, the cool Vol aide clearly was warming to the Baltimore 'backer.

"I did pretty good in the 7-on-7s and the drills with the other linebackers," Miller noted. "I ran a 4.6 forty, which was the fastest of the linebackers at the camp. I also had the best broad jump – nine feet, 10 inches."

Chavis, who builds his defense around athletic linebackers such as recent first-round NFL Draft pick Jerod Mayo, apparently liked what he saw from Miller.

"A few minutes after the camp ended Coach Slade said Coach Chavis couldn't stop talking about me," Miller recalled. "He told me Coach Chavis said I was one of the best linebackers in the camp."

Miller, who has scholarship offers from UNLV and Louisiana-Monroe thus far, thinks Tennessee may join his offer list fairly soon.

"Coach Slade was the first person I gave my highlight tape to," Miller said. "He and Coach Chavis said they liked my highlight tape but that my visit to the campus boosted me up real high. Coach Slade said Coach Chavis is going to watch my highlight tape again, then he might offer me a scholarship or he might just continue to recruit me hard. Coach Slade thinks I'll get an offer, though."

So, what does Miller think of the Vols?

"They're in my top four," he said. "I already told Coach Slade they're definitely in there. Right now the top four would be Maryland, Tennessee, Minnesota and Florida State."

Miller said he played defensive end, linebacker and "all special teams" last fall. He'll be adding fullback to his duties in the season ahead.

Should he sign with Tennessee, however, he is a lock to play outside linebacker. He's virtually identical in size to recent Vol OLBs such as Eric Westmoreland, Eddie Moore and Ryan Karl.

Miller says his 2007 stats were as follows: 90 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 26 hurries. He adds that he was second-team all-state, first-team all-area and honorable mention all-metro last fall. He reports being ranked 11th at the recent Nike "My Better Championship" combine and will compete with the rest of the top 12 in an Oregon combine scheduled July 22-25. He also says he earned a 91.17 ranking at the Nike Scout Combine.

Although he described his camp experience in Knoxville as "great ... cool," Miller is no lock for the Vols. He's going to take a long look at his home-state university before making a commitment.

"I was on Maryland's campus Tuesday and I'm going to attend Maryland's camp on Friday," he said. "I met all of their players and coaches on Tuesday, and everybody's real cool at Maryland, too."

Although he was perhaps the most athletic linebacker at the UT Senior Camp, Miller considers himself far from being a finished product.

"I want to get my 40 time down a little more and my broad jump up a little more," he said. "I'm always trying to improve."

Inside Tennessee Top Stories