The Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas is always one of the most intense and heated in American. On the field, the past few years the Sooners have dominated the Longhorns, but in the recruiting wars the two teams have traded jabs back and forth over the top prospects in the Lone Star State.
Square in the middle of the two Big 12 powers this year is Killeen (Texas) Shoemaker four-star defensive tackle Roy Miller.
Miller, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 defensive tackle, committed early in the recruiting process to Oklahoma, but then talked about possibly keeping the door cracked for Texas before September 1. Then on September 1, the first day that college coaches could call players since May, Miller said he “slammed the door” on Texas and that he was a solid commitment to the Sooners.
The door stayed slammed for about 72 hours because later that week, Miller showed up for the Horns season-opener against North Texas in Austin.
“I just went to UT for the visit,” Miller said. “I honestly wanted to take my team down there. I went with my quarterback, running back, receiver and a few of the linemen from the team. We just had an extra day off this week, and you know it was close to home and they asked if I wanted to come down.
“I just wanted to see a college game mainly. I wanted to get around UT and talk to the coaches and see how they react and feel about me.”
The next skirmish in the war to lock down Miller will come this weekend when the 6-foot-2, 302-pound takes an unofficial visit to Norman for the Sooners’ national television battle against Houston.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I want to get back up there and feel like I’m at home up there. I just want to see what the atmosphere is like, what it’s like to be around the players and coaches. I want to see why I committed to Oklahoma.
“I don’t want to get UT all in my head and forget about why I committed to Oklahoma. So that’s why I’m going up there this weekend. I want to see again why I picked Oklahoma.”
Miller said the Oklahoma coaches were not upset to learn that he visited Texas last week for the game.
“They understand and want me to make sure that I’m sure,” Miller said. “They said that after this weekend, I’ll be sure.”