Tyler, TX, 4-Star receiver Damion Miller became the first member of the Longhorn’s 2017 recruiting class when he committed back in June of 2015. However, with just two weeks until his freshman year, it looks like there has been a change of plans. Miller had yet to report for fall camp, and Texas confirmed on Friday that Miller will not enroll at Texas. Instead, it was announced on Saturday that he is headed to Navarro College.
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Miller was a big get for former coach Charlie Strong and, as recently as May, it appeared that Miller was eager to be able to play at Texas. Even as coach Tom Herman was taking over the program.
“Everybody wants to go to Texas,” Miller told the Austin American-Statesman in May. “In football, I’ve always wanted to help them build up the program. They seemed like they needed me.”
Unfortunately, it looks like academics tripped him up in the end and forced a change of plans.
It’s never a good thing to lose 4-star talent, especially for a team that has depth concerns in crucial areas. The good news is though, the Longhorns have plenty of depth at receiver and the loss of Miller shouldn’t affect them this season.
Looking into the future, the Longhorns signed just two receivers in the 2017 class with Miller being the highest rated. Losing Miller could impact depth down the road, but the Longhorns brought in four receivers in 2016 and already have three receivers committed in the 2018 class, including Al’Vonte Woodard and Brennan Eagles. Both of whom are rated higher than Miller.