As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton High’s recent resurgence, anchoring a relay team to the state meet, adding depth to an already deep Bronco basketball squad and injecting the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism that they’ve seen in several seasons.
On Wednesday, he announced on Twitter that he has committed to play football at Colorado and for Miller, it represents the first step in what he hopes is a long, successful football career.
“I just feel like I trust in the coaches and in my own ability to prove that I can play at the next level,” Miller said. “I know it’s hard but I’ll be able to do it. They play a lot of man-on-man coverage and coach Mac [Mike MacIntyre] helped recruit [Darrell] Revis to the Jets, so he knows what he’s doing. He knows how to coach up good players and teach them how to act right.”
For the 9-3 Broncos, Miller served as a versatile dual-threat athlete, starting every game at defensive back and wide receiver. In his junior season, Miller pulled down 28 catches for 8 touchdowns and 572 yards, including the only touchdown in Denton’s 12-11 win over Grapevine in the opening round of the playoffs.
Recruited as an overall athlete, Miller expects to play defensive back and special teams for the Buffaloes, who went 4-9 in the Pac-12 last season. Miller turned down offers from Boise State, Missouri, Kansas, Houston, Iowa, Nevada, Tulane, Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and North Texas and said that his relationship with the coaches, especially defensive backs coach Charles Clark, was one of the main reasons why he chose Colorado.
“I’ve been training a lot for DB and that’s best for me,” Miller said. “I’m really good size for a corner and I’m trying to play further than college and as a corner I can still score touchdowns. It’s good for me. I’m still going to play both positions for the Broncos and give both my all. Coaches noticed how athletic I am and coach Clark has been recruiting me since January. We have a really good relationship.”
Miller’s wide receivers coach Lonnie Teagle wasn’t surprised at all the looks he was getting and said his motivation is second to none.
“His athletic ability and his talent, we haven’t had a guy this athletic,” Teagle, who has been at Denton since 2012. “He’s so effective on both sides of the ball especially in special teams and he’s in great shape so he’s able to do it. As a receiver, he’s explosive and his ability to stretch the field with big-play ability and he can shut down the top threat on the other team as a corner. He’s intelligent and he’s physical, always coming up with tackles.”
Boasting a 40-yard dash time of 4.4 seconds, Miller has aspirations of advancing to the NFL and has been nurturing his speed for a long time.
This season on the Broncos’ track team, he advanced to the regional meet in all three of his events (100-meter dash, 400-meter relay and 800-meter relay), before helping the 800-meter relay claim a Class 5A Region I championship on the way to the state meet.
His speed will also be relied upon for his senior season, which Miller said will be important to his development and with Broncos’ losing their top wideout in Emerson Espinoza from last season, Miller will play both sides of the ball at corner and wide receiver.
“I really need to work on my technique and that’s what I’ve been working on this summer,” Miller said of his speed. “It never hurts to get your stamina up either. I think those sports gave me a big advantage. Track really helps me with my speed and quickness and basketball helps me get my hops up and my defense. I think I’ll be ready for Colorado. I know it’s going to take some hard work, but that’s what I’m ready to do.”
PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873 and via Twitter at @PatrickHayslip.