There are not many things that will get between Texas Tech defensive end/linebacker commit Houston Miller and the weight room, not even his future college coaches.
That dedication is what led to Miller’s most recent honors. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound hybrid defender was named Class 6A first team all-state defensive end and honorable mention at linebacker by Associated Press Sports Editors across the Lone Star State. Miller also picked up first team all-district linebacker honors after the regular season.
“I was ecstatic. I was so happy that they choose me to be the first team all-state defensive end,” he said. “It feels really great to have that title…It’s pretty rare that you see someone get mentions for two positions so it felt pretty great to have a linebacker position in there. I’m blessed to have that.”
That versatility is something the Texas Tech coaching staff has had their eye on since the beginning of Miller’s recruitment. Defensive coordinator David Gibbs got to see Miller in action during a home visit earlier this month, because Miller wasn’t going to miss his workout.
Miller said coach Gibbs and coach Emmett Jones got to meet his trainer, who they have a great relationship with, got to know his family better and overall it was a great visit.
“I talked to coach Gibbs about it [versatility] multiple times but most recent at his in home visit. With the recent changes in staff we do not intend on there being a change in the personnel or how the defense is run… He says he intends for me to stand up and play or play with my hand on the ground. He said ‘I really just want you to play like you play’. So that’s what I’m going to do…” Miller said.
Coach Jones visited one more time after that with coach Mike Jinks, the day he finnalized the head-coaching job at Bowling Green. Miller said it was another visit at the gym working out with his trainer and when he found out later about coach Jinks he couldn’t help but be happy for him.
The coaching shifts at Texas Tech don’t change much for Miller, who said he and the rest of the 2016 class understand and know it happens all over college football.
“It happens, sadly college football is a business but I chose Tech because of the school primarily,” he said. “I mean I love the coaches, my relationships with the coaches are great. We already seem like a family. I can’t wait to get there. It won’t seem like a big change from high school to college because I have such a comfortable feeling with the team and the coaches.”
He may see this team in action one more time at the Texas Bowl against LSU. Miller said he is hoping there are tickets under the Christmas tree for him because he knows it’s going to be a good game, and the program is only going up from here.
“I’m excited for it [bowl game]. These seniors are going to end their season good and it proves that Tech has something going for them,” he said. “We are about to bring in a big class with this class and the class after us, so we are really excited that we are starting the track now and when we get there we are going to be going off on people.”