But the Bruins are trying again in Texas with Killeen (Tex.) Shoemaker defensive tackle Roy Miller (6-2, 295).
The big lineman took an official visit to UCLA this weekend, and returned home to Texas raving about his trip. "It was a real good trip. I had a great time," said Miller.
It was the third official visit for Miller, having previously visited Texas (last weekend) and Oklahoma. In fact, Miller was originally a Sooner commit, but decommitted recently.
"I'd still say Texas is my leader because they have been recruiting me the longest but UCLA is definitely #2," said Miller.
He was hosted at UCLA by freshman lineman Shannon Tevaga. He said, "Shannon was real cool. I met (UCLA commit) Robert Kibble, he's from Texas. I met (other Texas Bruins) Bruce Davis and Ben Emanuel too." Miller is being recruited to UCLA by Coach Gary DeLoach, a Texas native, but also met with defensive coordinator Larry Kerr and defensive line coach Don Johnson. "Coach Johnson is a very good coach. I really like him a lot," Miller said. "Coach (Karl) Dorrell, he is a man I really respect. I believe in his coaching. I love the staff at UCLA. It's one of the best staffs I've met."
While the Longhorns are the favorite, Miller said a family move could play a factor in his decision. "Texas is close to home, but my family is fixing to move to the West Coast and if I went to UCLA, my family could be close by."
Miller said he is most likely done with trips, but an outside chance remains that he will visit Miami. "I'm not sure yet, I'll have to decide later. I would like to decide in the next two to three weeks. I'm playing in the All-American Bowl (in San Antonio) and I may decide then, but I could decide before then."
During his senior year, Miller had 111 tackles and 10 sacks as well as a fumble recovery he took for a touchdown. But he said he is still not the dominating player he thinks he can be. "I'm a defensive tackle, not an end, and I could become a lot better if I work on my technique."