July 2, 2010

Missouri's top player eager to hear from Ole Miss

Four-star running back Darrian Miller has picked up plenty of offers already.

Even more schools are interested in the 5-foot-10, 181-pounder from Blue Springs, Mo.

However, due to a degree of chance and happenstance, Miller is at the very least intrigued by a Southeastern Conference program.

Miller has family in Jackson, Miss., and his mother, Crystal Miller, "used to be kind of an Ole Miss fan," Darrian Miller said. What gives Ole Miss its best chance at Missouri's top-rated player, though, is the Rebels' style of offense. Miller said he, three-star cornerback Bernard Thomas and a few other Blue Springs teammates were eating at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Kansas City when a televised Ole Miss game on the screens above his table caught his eye.

"We were watching them on TV and I was like, 'Man, that was a nice play,'" Miller said. "Then I'd see another play and it was like, 'Man, that was a good play, too.' I liked how they used some trick plays and I liked how they used their running backs. I just kind of got interested."

Then Miller, rated by Rivals.com as the nation's No. 10 running back prospect as well as the nation's No. 77 overall prospect, committed to Kansas early in the recruiting process. Most programs, including Ole Miss, assumed he was destined to be a Jayhawk and moved on without showing too much interest. Months later, Miller has re-opened his recruiting and hoping to hear from several programs, including Ole Miss.

"I'd like it if they did," Miller said. "That's a whole 'nother ball game. That's speed and stuff. I'd definitely love to play in the SEC."

Miller has offers from Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Louisville, Minnesota and Kansas State. He has camped at Oklahoma and Kansas this summer and plans to camp at Arkansas on July 17. The Razorbacks, Miller said, "were in contact a lot before I committed to Kansas. After I committed to Kansas, they kind of backed off. Now, we're kind of having some contact again. …I wouldn't really say I have a favorite, but Iowa is probably recruiting me the hardest right now since I de-committed."

Miller rushed for 2,798 yards and 37 touchdowns on 309 carries last season, adding 24 receptions for 375 yards and three scores.

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