Sam Miller developed into a top high school player in Texas.
If the Canton defensive end gets his wish, his college career will follow a similar path in his home state, where he is garnering interest from a pair of Conference USA programs and another Texas school.
UNT recently offered Miller, who is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, a scholarship, joining UTSA, Texas State, Oregon State, Memphis, Nevada and Louisiana-Monroe in the hunt for his commitment.
“I want to be close to home,” Miller said. “If the school is in the state, I will really consider it. Educational opportunities and then the football program are important to me.”
UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds is recruiting Miller, who was a first-team All-District 15-3A selection as a junior.
“I am definitely interested in North Texas and going to school there,” Miller said. “I was surprised to be offered. I have heard about North Texas and that it is a good school. It felt like it would be nice to go there.”
Miller just doesn’t know as much about the school as UTSA, the other C-USA Texas school that has offered him a scholarship.
“I went to UTSA in April, went to a spring practice and got to tour campus,” Miller said. “It was really nice. A couple of weeks ago I went there for their spring game.”
Miller plans to travel to UNT this summer. What he sees on his visit will be a key factor in his decision.
“I want to consider the town and the people there and find somewhere I feel comfortable,” Miller said.
Miller plans to explore his options over the next few months, both before and after visiting UNT.
“I am not sure when I want to commit,” Miller said. “I want to see what is out there for me and if anyone else offers. I will probably commit a few days before signing day.”
Mean Green blog recruiting series
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DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.