One thing Houston Miller hopes to find in his future college is a stable leadership. He sees that at Iowa.
The Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to the Texas defensive end this week.
"I don’t know a lot about Iowa, but from what I do know about them, they have a solid coaching staff. They’ve had the same coach for a long time. They’ve only had two coaches in like a span of like 30 years, which is pretty solid. So, they’re doing something right," Miller said.
Kirk Ferentz has served the last 16 years as the Hawkeyes head coach. He followed a 20-year run by Hayden Fry.
"It’s a solid program and the academics are pretty nice. That’s a pretty good deal all around," Miller said.
Iowa faces plenty of competition in its pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder. He also reports scholarship offers from Boston College, California, Duke and Vanderbilt, among others.
"I’m pretty wide open. I’m taking my time. I’m not going to make any moves until I necessarily have to. When I make that decision, I want to make sure everything is right. It’s a big decision for a 17- or 18- year-old kid to make. If I feel comfortable making it before the season, I will. If not, I’ll wait. It might need to get a feel for things after I take all of my officials," Miller said.
Miller said Iowa has been sending him mail since his recruiting process started. It trickled in at first and built up to hand-written correspondence. The first personal contact he had with the school came this week when assistant Bobby Kennedy asked his coach to have him call.
"We talked for a little bit and then he said that he wanted to let me know that I have an offer from Iowa. He said he wanted to get me up there and to get me to start thinking Iowa. I had never been in contact with any of the coaches via twitter or anything else so it was a little out of the blue that they offered," he said.
Kennedy explained to Miller why he felt he was a good fit for the Hawkeyes.
"He said they like how I’m a player with a high motor and that I bring it all over the field from special teams to defensive end and outside linebacker. He said that when they watched me that I play to the best of my abilities all the time and getting after it," he said.
Kennedy didn’t specify which position Iowa sees Miller playing.
"He didn’t say whether it was defensive end or outside linebacker but if I had to assume I’d say that I would be more of a hybrid there. I would probably have my hand in the ground rushing then being able to drop back if I needed to," he said.
In addition to power lifting, Miller said he runs the open 100 and 200 meters for the Keller (TX) High varsity track team. He reports logging a 4.67-second, 40-yard dash.
Keller starts spring ball on April 27th. College coaches will be coming through the school next month during the open period.
"Coach Kennedy said they would be by the school to talk to me and see me in person," Miller said.
Miller has visited Oklahoma, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Baylor and TCU. He has set a trip to Duke on April 25.
Miller said he’s been invited to Iowa’s summer tailgate recruiting weekend. He’s hoping to make it.