BIXBY — As a sophomore, Chandler Miller didn't exactly fit the profile of a coveted offensive-line prospect.
Two years, three inches and nearly 100 pounds later, the Bixby standout sits at No. 21 on The Oklahoman's class of 2014 Super 30 list.
“Going into his sophomore year, Chandler was 6-foot and 196 pounds,” Bixby coach Loren Montgomery said. “We told him then that we thought he had the skills to be a good offensive lineman and he needed to think about gaining weight. He just started to get eaten up with it from that point on. He's a really good story — the ultimate program kid.”
Going into his senior season, Miller now checks in at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds. He has received interest from several big-time programs — including Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Texas Tech.
But Miller, who committed to Tulsa in June, plans to remain firm in his commitment to the Golden Hurricane.
“I felt great about (Tulsa) after I visited,” Miller said. “I've been to some other places, toured other facilities and I just really felt that it was the place for me. I love that I'll be playing close to home. All my family members will be able to come to games and I'll still get to see them frequently, so that's nice.”
Miller not only excels on the football field, but also in the classroom. He boasts a 4.2 GPA and a scholarship offer from Harvard.
“I'm looking at petroleum engineering right now,” said Miller of what he plans to study at Tulsa. “The academics side of things comes pretty easy to me, but I definitely put a lot of work into it and take it seriously.”
That intelligence is a big part of what makes him a talented offensive lineman.
“My football I.Q. is one of my biggest strengths,” Miller said. “I can easily adapt to situations and read defenses while still having good technique. Also, I know all five spots on the line. I know where the running back is supposed to go. It's huge knowing that stuff and being able to help out everyone else.”
Now that the recruiting process is over, Miller's shifted his focus fully on the upcoming season for Bixby. The Spartans were 4-6 last season and missed the Class 6A playoffs. But Miller has much higher expectations for this season.
“I've already committed and got that out of the way for my senior season,” Miller said. “It's a stressful process. There's a lot that goes into it. Now I can just focus on doing everything I can to help us win a state championship this year.”
No. 21: Chandler Miller
Position: Offensive line
Committed to: Tulsa