Another weekend at "The Jones" is now in the books for Keller defensive end and Texas Tech commit Houston Miller.
Miller who has now visited Lubbock four times said being able to visit on senior day was a unique experience.
“I mean I loved it,” he said. “It was a great visit being Senior Day and seeing how everyone was recognizing the seniors and everything like that. It was a big deal to everyone and about them being who they are and everyone just taking in the moments they’ve had of them playing there the past four years. It was a great atmosphere. It was different than other games because of the senior day thing. This was a big win for us because it made us bowl eligible so we’re excited about that. It was a big deal, and a great game. The visit this week was pretty great.”
This was the first big Texas Tech win Miller was able to witness and he said he was impressed by the defense’s performance who “played in spurts” but still was able to get the job done.
“We we’re walking around the field just doing our own thing, like we’re pros at it since we have been there so many times. It was fun,” Miller said.
He also got to talk with Odessa Permian defensive back and Texas Tech offer Desmon Smith about just how their season went since they both played some common teams.
What made this visit different was being able to hang out with some of the redshirt and injury reserve players who showed Miller around after the game. He said he finally got to experience some Lubbock nightlife, and just got a glimpse of what his life would be like next year.
Many of the Texas Tech commits, specifically the “Gun Gang 2016” who Miller credits himself and Ivory Jackson for coming up with the name, are staying in touch and talking about the playoffs. Miller’s season has come to a close, but the 6-foot-3 and 240-pound three-star prospect ranked by Scout as the No. 9 defensive end in Texas, No. 11 in the country, made every moment of it count.
During his senior season, Miller accounted for 119 total tackles, 87 solo, 16 for loss, nine sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and a blocked field goal in 10 games.
“Since I was playing more at linebacker this year I was more in space and rushing too at different times, I feel like my handwork and my speed off the edge is really improved,” he said. “Since I have been getting to play in a 5 (technique) more instead of a 7, I was able to get off the edge more and pass rush on quarterback pretty well. My lateral movement I feel improved, being in space having that awareness in space. I feel like I knew what was going on following their routes and stuff like that.”
Although Miller wishes his high school career was extended into the playoffs, he said he would be able to support some of his fellow commits who are still playing in the DFW area. Most importantly, the next time he suits up it will be in Red and Black.
“It’s a blessing. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to be apart of that team. I can’t wait to wear those colors,” he said. “It’s just a really exciting deal and means a lot to have that opportunity, and I’m going to take advantage of it and do everything I can so, it’ going to be fun. It will be really great to be in those colors and in that uniform.”