July 8, 2010

Strong-armed quarterback plans college commitment

Maikhail Miller has made his decision.

In fact, the strong-armed quarterback from Fulton (IAHS), Miss., has already begun to make the transition from recruit to recruiter.

Miller, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder who has drawn comparisons to former Ole Miss quarterback Romaro Miller, traveled all over the country this summer, visiting numerous schools. One, however, always stuck in his heart.

Miller, who threw for 1,955 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 457 yards and 13 more scores as a junior, will participate in Ole Miss' senior camp on July 17. Barring a change of heart, it won't be his final appearance at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

"I'm just wanting to show them a little bit more of what I've got," Miller said. "I'm probably going to commit that day. …I've been everywhere and I've kind of weighed everything out."

Miller said Ole Miss has everything he's searched for, and it's all an hour from home.

"It's just the coaching staff," Miller said. "It's a good place for me. It's close to my parents and they could come see me play. It's all good."

First-year IAHS coach Ashley Kuhn recently told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Miller is "potentially" the best quarterback he's seen as a high school football coach.

"Arm strength? That's the best I've coached," Kuhn said. "His size is the best I've ever had at quarterback. So potentially, I have to say no, I haven't coached anyone as good. I haven't seen him perform in a game other than on tape."

Miller spent part of his summer in San Diego working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr., who has tutored Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and former Cincinnati signal-caller Tony Pike, among others.

Miller has also spent some time talking to several other top prospects in Mississippi. Specifically, he's lobbied four-star wide receivers Nickalos Brassell and Donte Moncrief and three-star defensive lineman P.J. Jones to join him in Oxford.

"If I go there, I want someone to throw to," Miller said. "I'm just keeping in contact with them. Actually, I feel like Ole Miss is on the top of their lists too. All of them say they want to go there."

PINKSTON EAGER TO MAKE IMPRESSION: Forest, Miss., wide receiver Josh Pinkston didn't make it to Ole Miss' elite camp last month. He will be in Oxford, however, next weekend, for the Rebels' one-day senior camp, hoping to make a lasting impression.

"It's a great experience to go to colleges and show what I can do," said Pinkston, who holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Northwestern State and Memphis.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is also looking forward to spending some more time with the Ole Miss staff, specifically head coach Houston Nutt, running backs coach Derrick Nix and wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr.

"We've built a good relationship," Pinkston said. "It's quite good. It just grows every time I talk to them."

The Rebels are clearly going to be looking to sign multiple receivers in February. There has been speculation that Ole Miss would sign as many as five, and that was before rising sophomore wide receiver Patrick Patterson was dismissed from the program earlier this week.

"I look at that," Pinkston said. "You know, I don't know what actually happened, but you have to handle your business in everything you do."

Pinkston said he plans to visit Alabama and Auburn later this month as well. He said all of his suitors are even at this point, adding that he's planning to wait until after his season to make a decision.

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