While the current focus in recruiting right now is on the 2016 class, Charlie Strong and his Texas staff are already building their 2017 haul with its latest in-state commitment.
Four-star wide receiver Damion Miller, who is currently ranked as the No. 41 receiver and the No. 246 overall player for the Class of 2017, committed to Texas on Thursday morning.
Miller's high school team, John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, announced the news on Twitter:
Miller is the first pickup of the 2017 class for Texas. He recorded 614 receiving yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore for the Lions, who made it all the way to the Texas state semifinals last season.
According to 247Sports' Brian Perroni, Miller averaged more than 23 yards per catch in 2014 and also played safety for the Lions.
The 6'2" wideout impressed during a minicamp at Texas earlier this month, and the Longhorns offered him a scholarship June 14.
"I got on the phone with Coach (Charlie) Strong, and I told him that I was committing," Miller told 247Sports. "He was really excited. He told me that I was the player he really wanted. He's even going to let me keep my jersey number and everything."
The young receiver also holds offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Miller ran his 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at a Texas A&M camp earlier this month, according to 247Sports' Taylor Hamm.
He told Hamm after the Aggies' camp he would probably commit after his junior season, but the recent interest from Texas has caused him to make a quick-fire pledge to the Longhorns.
Miller's size and speed make him a great receiver prospect for the Longhorns. As a member of the Class of 2017, he also has plenty of time to grow his game and his ratings over the next two seasons at John Tyler.
Texas will hope Miller's commitment is the start of a hot streak on the recruiting trail.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
Justin Ferguson is an on-call college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.