Q&A: Texas Tech Commit Houston Miller

RaiderPower.com caught up with Keller defensive end and Texas Tech commit Houston Miller for an update. Miller discusses how he's improved over the summer, what to expect from Keller his senior season, his Texas Tech visit plans this fall, which fellow Red Raider commits he's close with and more.

RaiderPower: First off, overall how was your summer? How have you been prepping for the upcoming season?

Miller: This summer went real well. The team and I, we made a lot of big strides going for that goal that were looking for this season. Summer was just great overall, we had a lot of guys come out and all of us got bigger, faster, stronger, and did what we were trying to do to get better at our game. Then two-a-days started and we’ve been hitting it hard. Ever since the first day we have been getting after it and once we got in pads it got intense and every day we have gotten better. We’re going to take a stand this year and show everyone who we really are, and make people not want to play us. It’s going to be a great season. We’re striving for a state championship and I believe that we can and that’s what we want to do.

RaiderPower: Where do you think you have improved the most over the offseason?

Miller: Throughout the summer I have gotten stronger and faster. I went from a 4.67 to a 4.50 in the 40. So that’s gotten faster, my agility has gotten faster, my lateral movements have gotten faster. I’ve gotten stronger and put on weight on all of my maxes. I topped my power clean to 325 and set the school record for that the other day. I bench about 315 and squat about 535, so I’ve been putting a lot on the bar and getting after it in the weight room. When two-a-days started my handwork, being able to get off blocks, shedding blockers and everything like that has improved. Overall, my awareness on the field and my knowing what’s going on around me, how to get off of people and making plays, that’s gotten a lot better.

RaiderPower: Last time we talked we talked about your leadership role on your team as a senior. What has that looked like, and how have you embraced that this offseason?

Miller: For me being one of the leaders on the team if I see one of my guys not doing right or needs some help, I’m right there to help him and get him to understand what’s going on. I’m always trying to get guys hyped up for practice, because I get up at 4:45 in the morning to get to practice which starts at 6 a.m. If people are dragging, I’m the guy that gets in there and make sure they are having a good day. It’s funny every morning I walk around asking people ‘You gonna have a great day today? I think you’re going to have a great day.’ I’m having fun, it lightens the mood and gives people the boost to go out there and have a good day and get after it.

RaiderPower: That’s awesome, what can people expect from you specifically this upcoming season?

Miller: For me this season, I’m going to be all over the place and doing everything I can, there won’t be a play taken off. I’ll be giving it my all every single play of the game.

RaiderPower: What can people expect from Keller football this season?

Miller: Keller is going to make a run for it. We are going to show some people that doubted us, and many people have, that we’re not what you think we are and we’re something else. We are going to get after it and prove people wrong, but we’re going to have some fun with it too. It’s going to be a great season, I’ve got confidence in us.

RaiderPower: As far a recruiting goes, you’re committed to Tech but are you still hearing from other schools?

Miller: Right now, of course I am committed to Texas Tech. I have had some communication with other schools. One of them is the other school that officially offered me, Cal. Those coaches we’re really classy about it when I committed and congratulated me on Twitter saying ‘Hey congrats on committing to Tech, we are proud of you’ but they also said ‘we know you are committed but Cal is still here.’ They were real good about it. They are the only school that has contacted me after committing. They talk to me every week or two weeks. The other is Nevada, coach Polian he asks every once and a while how I’m doing. Those are the only two if anything changes, but right now I’m real happy with Tech.

RaiderPower: So, you are solid with Texas Tech?

Miller: Yes. I like what I see from Tech and I like what I can do when I get there. I feel at home with the coaches and I feel at home in Lubbock. I love it. I’m at that point where I feel happy and feel at home so I’m pretty solid with Texas Tech and I don’t think that is going to change.

RaiderPower: You said you like what you could do there, what will be your role on the Texas Tech defense?

Miller: Well, just the other night I was talking to the defensive line coach Mike Smith and we were talking about the new guys we have brought in, who has been recruited and that we’re pretty much done…For me, I’m 235 right now and he said if anything I’m going to build you up to 250 and I’m going to keep you off the edge and you’re going to be a rush outside linebacker. He said maybe you’d be dropping 15 percent of the season but majority of the time you’ll be getting after the quarterback. So, I’ll be rushing off the end as a rush end or outside linebacker.

RaiderPower: You talked a little about it, but overall what do you think of the 2016 class?

Miller: I think we’re going to be great. There is a lot of great guys and great talent coming in. All the guys that have been there from the first commit to now, there is a lot of talent. I have confidence that my freshman year we’re going to be rockin, and it’s going to be awesome. Then the next four years this class I know we’re going to be doing some big things. We’re going to put Tech in some people’s minds and people aren’t going to want to play Tech.

RaiderPower: What 2016 have you been talking with? If so, who?

Miller: The biggest relationship I have built is with the tight end Donte Coleman. Him and I have gotten really tight; we talk about every other day about how we’re doing, the upcoming season and stuff like that. He was the first to talk with me even before I committed. Also, Nick McCann, he and I are taking an official the same day. He’s a good kid and we’ve talked a couple of times, just becoming friends with each other. I’ve talked with [Johnathan] Picone a little bit. Just talking with everyone that’s coming in, congratulating them and having fun with hit.

RaiderPower: That was my next one, when do you plan on visiting Tech this season?

Miller: My official will be weekend that they play TCU. I know it’s going to be insane. I know Tech is out to get TCU and everyone is out to get TCU. In my opinion, just cause you have one great season doesn’t mean you get your head to big. Alright, TCU calm down there. I know not a lot of people expect much from Tech right now but they are going to shock them and that game will be rockin’ and rollin’.

RaiderPower: Will that be your only visit, or will you take some unofficial visits?

Miller: Oh yeah, I’m going to be at almost every home game. I’m taking my unofficial visits because Keller is not to far, just about four and a half hours, so I’m gonna come up and hangout. I’m going to go to the UTEP game with a bunch of my friends, were going to go to a concert up there after the game. I want to go see the place that I’m going to be living in the next four years, so it will be a fun deal.

RaiderPower: Lastly, how excited are you to be apart of this class and to get to Lubbock? Miller: Oh I’m really excited. It’s a great feeling to say I’m going to be a Red Raider. Being able to say I’m going to Texas Tech to play football, any one I talk to and I get to say that I get to say I’m committed to Texas Tech, every time I say it I can’t stop smiling. I’m smiling right now. It’s a great feeling to be apart of this class, be apart of something big and have fun in Lubbock because it’s going to be a fun time.

RaiderPower: Anything else you’d like to add?

Miller: Just wait on it. Were going to be rockin’ and rollin. And this season me and my Indians, we’re going to be doing work, so that’s all I can really say.

RaiderPower: Awesome, thank you so much for your time.

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