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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blue Springs RB Darrian Miller picks KU again

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The result on the scoreboard Saturday at Memorial Stadium might have depicted another embarrassing loss for Kansas University’s football program.

But the Jayhawks won a battle of a different kind Monday, one that could go a long way toward helping KU coach Turner Gill turn things around in the near future.

Rivals.com reported Monday night that Blue Springs High running back Darrian Miller, a four-star back who was the Simone Award runner-up in 2009, had orally committed to Kansas.

Miller, 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, originally committed to KU in early March. However, a couple of months later, the back who rushed for 2,798 yards and 37 TDs as a junior decided to re-open his recruitment.

Kansas stayed in close contact with Miller all along and, after taking his official visit to KU last Saturday, Miller elected to become a Jayhawk yet again.

“Maybe it was just being around the coaches and players more,” Miller told Rivals. “When you go up there, you really get a chance to see how everybody gets along when they are together. You have to believe if you are going to be a part of it.”

So far as a senior, Miller is averaging more than 200 yards a game and has racked up 1,645 yards and 24 TDs on 200 carries.

Originally ranked on Rivals.com’s list of the top 100 players in the nation, Miller currently is listed as the 23rd-best running back in the country. He chose Kansas over Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas State.

“I feel I made a good decision and everything feels right,” Miller said. “My season is going well and we are playing well. I’m happy to make my decision with Kansas and get up there to get started.”

Miller plans to graduate high school early. He told Rivals he would enroll at KU in January, which would make him eligible to participate in spring practices in 2011.

Comments

Ludwig Supraphonic 3 years, 6 months ago

I felt hopeless after the KSU game. Guess I'm going to have to acquire some patience. I like being an optimistic Jayhawk.

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jhawk613 3 years, 6 months ago

Everyone making a big stink about all the RBs and moving positions.

You do realize that in most HS programs the RBs are the best all-around athletes. That's why they get the ball. If we have to move a few to WR, LB or S then I'm all for it.

Remember when Mangino moved Meier to WR because of his athletic ability. Now tons of other teams are following suit (A&M with Tannehill).

Gill is recruiting pure athletes and will hopefully place them where their skills will be utilized best.

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JBurtin 3 years, 6 months ago

I have a good feeling about the pairing of Darrian Miller with Phil Ford on the line in front of him. Ford is certainly not our highest rated recruit, but he reminds me a lot of Anthony Collins. He just seems like one of those guys that will get amped up to play and will pump up the whole offensive line. I expect him to take a leadership role early on and to quickly become a fan favorite.

Blocking for a personal friend could make him all the more pumped and end up being a very successful combination.

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omari1911 3 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of USC, we're in a recruiting battle for one of the best DTs in juco with them. Maurice Couch at Garden City CC is high on KU, but is being courted heavily by the Trojans. He'd be a big get (figuratively and literally) for our D-line as he's ready to go right away.

And what's up with Bernard Thomas? He was higher on KU than Miller after Miller de-committed. Should we expect to hear from him soon? He's once of the best corners in the nation and the 9th best overall in Missouri. KU could very well end up with a class ranked in the 20s.

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100 3 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully those big boys we're bringing in next year (the 6'6" 300 pounders) are lifting weights everyday during their senior year in high school, eating twelve packs of steak for breakfast....

We're gonna need them ASAP next season....

We need them on campus May 28th, working simple fundamental, yet explosive "shift the defensive line into the next universe-lets go win some MFGD Jayhawk national championship" drills....

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dtownhawkfan 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow! We are like the poor man's USC with our stable of running backs. Look for them to not be playing running back if they have a solid freshman year though.

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Jayhawk1116 3 years, 6 months ago

What a difference the oral commitment of a 4 star recruit can do for moral around here! Who is this "fastest player in Kansas" they just got according to Rivals? Is that Saunders? How fast? 88 mph fast?

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HawkTronic 3 years, 6 months ago

Along with the line recruits, this is shaping up to be a decent class. Looks like Coach Gill recognizes the holes in the current team. I still want to see what he does in the off-season, but I'm willing to give him some more time. Everyone is talking about how terrible the 1988 season was. If I remember correctly that year's recruiting class was pretty good - Dana Stubblefield, Gil Brown, Chip Hillary, Chris Maumalanga, Keith Loneker, Hassan Bailey, Doug Terry. I think everybody but Hillary played pro - maybe he played in Canada? Maybe Coach Mitchell can do it again after a terrible season.

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gchawk 3 years, 6 months ago

Darrian, again welcome to Jayhawk country. Very proud of you for sticking to your guns and staying with KU. As I stated before, a farmer doesn't harvest his crops the day he plants it, next year should tell us a lot as far as where Coach Gill's program is heading. Recruits like Darrian certainly give us some much needed optimism.

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Jim Pendleton 3 years, 6 months ago

bennettcl - Missouri game is already on TV, 11:30 start on FSN, Sat Nov 27th.

Agree the Neb & OSU games will likely be on also.

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100 3 years, 6 months ago

With months left to gain solid recruits, I'll take 46th nationally, a few spots behind Oregon mind you, the number 2 team in the nation.

As all of the posters have indicated, "Rivals is the best source." Well Rivals has us at 46th & moving up.

Keep bringing 'em in Coach Gill!!!!!

(with the number of 4 stars lined up on the KU fence, man what a splash that would be if we sign a handful more in January, that would easily pit us in the top 10. There's also two five stars he's in contact with, one in Texas, the other in Florida, if he lands either of those,we're talking about a recruiting ranking close to what Alabama & Texas have)....

Recruit, recruit, recruit!!!!!!!!!!

Keep it up Coach Gill!!!!!

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troutsee 3 years, 6 months ago

Now go get us a dual threat >6 foot 3inch QB

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years, 6 months ago

This kid is going to look so good opposite TO at defensive end!

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OCJHAWK 3 years, 6 months ago

Seems to be momentum in recruiting class. I really hope it continues through signing day. If so, there will be hope for the future.

If the staff can settle down and put a motivated team on the field.

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Dyrk Dugan 3 years, 6 months ago

i just figured he would come...even when he decommited. He was in Lawrence a lot. last summer, after there was big news about him going to some camp for MU, he came right back to Lawrence for some camp here.

He's a true stud, and has a great motor. this season is even better than last season...because his o line is much different this year than last.....and all the Ds are keying on him...and he's still getting 8 yards a carry.

Welcome Darrian! So glad you're a Jayhawk....i think you and your Blue Springs teammate Keeston Terry are going to be very good football players, and have fine careers at Kansas.

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Chris Bruning 3 years, 6 months ago

pj hawkforlife.....thank you turner gill.

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jayhawkrob 3 years, 6 months ago

Just moved into the missouri side of kansas city. Does anybody know of a good spot to watch KU football games around north kansas city or downtown?

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SeaJHawk 3 years, 6 months ago

We also picked up Adonis Saunders from Olathe North. Who'd think a game like that could get us three recruits. I'll take it. Rock Chalk.

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PJ Karasek 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Reggie Mitchell, and welcome (again) Darrian!

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