Huge Offensive Lineman Surprised by Vols’ Offer

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    Back in June, Tennessee’s coaches hosted 2020 running back Ty Jordan on an official visit. The dynamic back from West Mesquite High School ended up committing to Texas, but his visit could’ve been key for the Vols finding another target along the offensive line in the 2020 class.

    And what a huge target he is.

    Kyree Miller is a 6-foot-5, 365-pound offensive guard/defensive tackle for West Mesquite. Back in June, Tennessee’s coaches told him they would be keeping an eye on him and wanted to recruit him. He had a hard time believing it at the time, though.

    “In the summer, my teammate Ty Jordan went up there for an official visit, and Ty had Facetimed me, and he and a coach talked to me and told me that they had liked me and wanted to recruit me,” Miller told me in a recent interview. “But I didn’t know they were being serious because I was a player that I didn’t think schools like that would recruit me because of my size.”

    But to Miller’s surprise, Tennessee did want to recruit him. And now he holds an official offer from the Vols.

    Miller picked up a scholarship offer from the Vols late Tuesday night, and he didn’t receive it just with a text or a normal phone call, either. No, Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney made sure Miller knew just how much he and his staff want him.

    “I called (Chaney) yesterday when I got out of practice, and they were all having an offensive meeting,” Miller explained. “He put me on speaker so the whole offensive staff could hear me, and he offered me in front of everybody, and everyone was congratulating me.”

    Right now, Miller isn’t ranked highly or at all by most recruiting services. He’s a low three-star on 247Sports, coming in at No. 2,325 overall in the 2020 class. Tennessee is the first Power Five program to extend an offer to him as well. He holds offers from schools like SMU, North Texas, and the Hugh Freeze-led Liberty Flames along with his UT offer. But other schools are starting to increase their interest in him.

    “Schools have been reaching out to me,” Miller said, “but I haven’t really been on Twitter because I’ve been on my grind focusing on school and my team so I can be a leader on my team and help us get to where we wanna go.”

    While Miller plays both right guard and defensive tackle in high school, Tennessee is looking at him as an offensive lineman. And Miller believes he has the attitude and physicality to excel there in college.

    “My biggest strength is being physical off the line,” Miller stated. “I want to beat you off the ball. That is my biggest strength, just being physical. My footwork is getting better, so I’d say that’s one of my strengths as well.”

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    He admits that he’s still working on improving the quickness of his hands, saying, “My hands are quick, but they’re not quick, you know? I’m trying to get them quicker and to react faster.”

    So now that he holds an offer from Tennessee, what’s Miller’s next move? According to the giant offensive lineman, he plans on taking an official visit to UT’s campus “in the next week or two” and plans on talking to Chaney about when works best to come to Knoxville. Miller will also release his commitment date later this week, and he’s planning on likely committing either this month or in November.

    “When I take my officials and see who’s still showing me love and staying in contact with me, I’ll just make my decision.”

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.

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