Oklahoma State receivers coach Jason Ray and running backs coach Jemal Singleton played a big part in recruiting four-star junior college athlete Tyreek Hill to Stillwater.
So did Joe Bob Clements.
Yes, the Cowboys’ defensive line coach helped snag a guy who’s projected to be an offensive skill player and returner.
Clements and Hill’s coach at Garden City Community College, Matt Miller, go way back.
Yep, that’s the Matt Miller who was the starting quarterback for Kansas State when the Wildcats went 10-2 and finished ranked in the top 10 in 1995. And Clements was Miller’s teammate, as he played defensive end for the Wildcats from 1994-1998.
Miller stayed on Bill Snyder’s staff following his playing career, and Clements later did the same. In all, they coached together in Manhattan from 1999 until 2005, when Snyder briefly retired.
So when Hill started gaining major recruiting interest, Miller knew OSU would be a good landing spot. And Hill clearly thought so, too.
“(Hill) had so many schools coming after him it was kind of overwhelming for him,” Miller said. “He always had a top 4, and three of the schools always changed, but Oklahoma State was always in there.
“So I think he just really felt comfortable with a great coaching staff. (OSU is) obviously one of the nation’s top programs that has a chance to win a national title, and then I think (Hill liked) just the exciting brand of football they play.”
Here’s another link between Miller and OSU: His father and brother are alums.
Another example of how football — and life, really — is all about connections and relationships.