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Football: Two Broncos pick Colorado

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By Patrick Hayslip
Denton’s Chris Miller chooses Colorado on Wednesday.Photos by Tomas Gonzalez
Denton’s Chris Miller chooses Colorado on Wednesday.
Photos by Tomas Gonzalez

With offers swirling around the heads of Denton’s Grant Polley and Chris Miller, at the end of national signing day on Wednesday, both players found a home at Colorado.

Polley had committed to Kansas as a junior and had offers from Texas, Oregon, Baylor, California, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, Purdue, TCU and Texas Tech.

The two-time Class 5A all-state offensive tackle made his decision with Colorado final in mid-January and put ink to paper Wednesday, so his decision was relatively low-stress.

“I took about a week to decipher everything I had,” Polley said. “I didn’t really talk to anybody. I just laid my options out in front of me. I got suggestions from my family and people around me, but ultimately you just have to go where your heart is. Other people aren’t going to be the ones that are going to college. It’s going to be you, and if you are where you want to be, you’ll be successful.”

Miller, a cornerback and wide receiver, had offers from Colorado, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Mississippi, Baylor, Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Tulane. But on Wednesday, Miller chiseled his choices down to CU, Ole Miss and Oregon.

It was a tough choice between Ole Miss, where Miller has plenty of family, and Colorado. Ultimately, the decision came down to the last second.

At the signing in Denton’s gym, Miller put on the Mississippi hat before taking it off and securing his Colorado hat.

“I didn’t know until I put down the Ole Miss hat,” Miller said. “It was really crazy. My family wanted me to go to Ole Miss because I’m from Mississippi, but I had to go to a place that I knew I wanted to go. It was a really tough choice. I just felt comfortable there. That’s the biggest thing. It’s a fit for me and now I’m ready to get started. I think they’re pretty cool.”

Miller, a second-team all-state cornerback, had 43 tackles, 11 pass deflections and two interceptions last season, including one for a touchdown, while also pulling down 541 yards and nine receiving touchdowns.

Recent offers from Texas and Notre Dame were alluring to Miller, but he felt at home at Colorado.

“It was my seventh or eighth offer and my mom started to tell me to just take my visits,” Miller said. “I took it and I thought it was so much better than I’d thought. It was pretty tough with Notre Dame and UT, but I just had to drop it down to the places I could see the most. The future is going to be bright at Colorado as long as we keep on the right track. It’s always good seeing guys sign around you. It was really fun watching them this season.”

PATRICK HAYSLIP can be reached at 940-566-6873 and via Twitter at @PatrickHayslip.