June 17, 2010

Miller Goes Back Into the Fray

Just under a month ago Darrian Miller, one of Missouri's top prospects, had given Turner Gill and the Kansas Jayhawks his verbal commitment during an unofficial visit to Lawrence. Of course, the nation's No.77-ranked prospect had been highly sought after by several programs before his commitment in early March, but that attention had since subsided due to his commitment.

However, that is no longer the case as Miller officially withdrew his verbal to Kansas earlier this month. Unsurprisingly, teams have taken notice, including Oklahoma.

The Blue Spring (Mo.) star attended the second day of Oklahoma's camp last weekend along with teammates Bernard Thomas and Jordan Nubine.

"Actually, I liked it a lot," Miller recalled. "Coach [B](Kevin) Wilson[B] showed me and Bernard (Thomas) and Jordan (Nubine) around and we liked everything. I also liked coach [B](Cale) Gundy[B] a lot. He just talked to the running backs about the camp and gave us a little life lesson, which I appreciated," Miller recalled.

After Gundy's talk, the two had a chance for some one-on-one discussion and instruction. Apparently, they hit it off well, as Gundy came off very familiar to the Missouri-native.

"He was real good. He reminded me a little bit of my running back coach from my high school, so I thought that was definitely a good thing because it wouldn't be a big transition or anything. So, I really liked him and he had good character."

There is no doubt that Miller is worthy of so many early offers, including the likes of Iowa, Kansas State, and Wisconsin, among others. In his junior season, the dynamic tailback racked up 2,798 yards and 37 touchdowns on the ground, not to mention almost 400 yards receiving and three more trips to the end zone.

But Roy Finch and Brennan Clay had the same impressive statistics. As did Jermie Calhoun and Jonathan Miller, not to mention current 2011 commit Brandon Williams.

This certainly begs the question whether the Sooners really have the space for another running back, regardless of their prestige, save maybe one or two special cases. And the nation's No. 10 running back would hardly be one of those.

Regardless, Miller worked out with the running backs all day. Some questions have been raised over whether the Sooners, if they were to offer, would offer him as a defensive back, but Miller said he had not been talked to about that possibility at all.

Before having a change of heart regarding his former commitment, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound speedster seemed to be locked up as a Jayhawk. During an interview in late April with JayhawkSlant.com, Miller even stated "I know I'm going to Kansas" with 100 percent confidence.

What changed?

"It was just a little bit of uncertainty with Kansas," he explained. "I really liked the school and what not, I just thought that there was maybe somewhere else where I would feel more comfortable. If not, that's where I end up."

"I committed to Kansas for a reason, like I have a lot of respect for the coaching staff, so I would say that Kansas is still in the hunt."

Miller stated he had every intention of returning to Kansas for one of their camps on the June 18, but he does not have any other plans to camp elsewhere at this time.

Before committing to Kansas originally, Miller was significantly interested in several other programs, including Arkansas and Iowa. Due to his early commitment, Miller has not been receiving much attention from other programs.

"I hadn't had any contact (with Oklahoma) before camp really just because I was committed to Kansas and I just opened stuff up, so I haven't really been in contact with the coaches," he explained.

With some lost time, Miller hopes to gain some of the standing back that he had before his verbal to Kansas. While his potential future in Norman is unknown, the four-star back said it was good to be back.

"Overall, it was a cool camp," he said. "I wouldn't say there was a chance to show off anything incredible because all I really did was just run through some bag drills and catch some balls. There was no one-on-ones or anything, but I guess overall it was a good camp."

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