Transfer portal additions say Texas Tech football coaches have lived up to promises


At the same time as Johncarlos Miller II was taking finals at Elon, his phone was blowing up with coaches trying to gain his services for next season.

Schools such as Duke, Florida, Oklahoma State and many others were after the 6-foot-5 tight end in the transfer portal. Miller said when he put his name in to leave his FCS school for the FBS level, he had certain criteria that needed to be met.

“A new family, of course,” Miller said of what he was looking for in the portal. “Just somebody that’ll help me develop more as a football player and more as a man, and also a place that values me as me, me being myself, not having to change for a program. A program that’s going to help me in every aspect, even off the field.”

The Texas Tech football team checked all those boxes. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Miller had to go nearly 1,500 miles away from home to join the Red Raiders, a move he says has helped achieve at least one of those goals.

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Miller said he’s become more comfortable with being alone, a product of not being much of a social butterfly. Not that his teammates haven’t tried to bring Miller out a bit more, inviting him out to eat, for a drive around campus or to just go over hand signals.

An old soul at heart, Miller said he’s more likely to ask tight ends coach Josh Cochran for a second of his time than one of his teammates. He’s also had plenty of heart-to-hearts with head coach Joey McGuire, the most recent coming before Wednesday’s spring practice.

“I just talked to him for like 20 minutes before our team meeting,” Miller said of McGuire. “Great guy. A lot of life lessons, a lot of lessons on the football field. He’s a guy, a man that helps me on and off the field.”

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Publish date : 2024-04-04 09:12:01

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