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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

PJ Karasek 4 years, 1 month ago

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

youowethehawks 4 years, 1 month ago

Fire Turner Gill! I'm so tired of him and his entirely proficient coaching staff getting the area's best athletes to commit to be Jayhawks.

Sorry, had to.

SeaJHawk 4 years, 1 month 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.

jayhawkrob 4 years, 1 month 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?

Kyle Rohde 4 years, 1 month ago

Jayhawkrob, there's lots of good spots but my favorite is Johnny's in the Power & Light district.

bennettcl 4 years, 1 month ago

You're going to have to find yourself a nice radio because KU Football won't be on TV the next two weeks. It should return on TV for the final 3 games as we play NU, OSU, and MU. They are currently all ranked in the top 15 so I'm guessing if they remain up there that they will get on TV no matter who they play.

I also would have to say that Johnny's Tavern in P&L is probably THE best place to watch a game in Kansas City. They have about 50 big screens and amazing food for a Sports Bar. Not the best drink prices in town, but best game watching experience available in KC. We go there to watch games when the Big 12 Basketball Tourney is in town.

David Leathers 4 years, 1 month ago

I've never been to Johnny's but it sounds like a fun place. Just wondering though, do you think their higher-than-average drink prices might be helping them accomodate for their about 50 big screens? I mean that's a LOT of money!

Chris Bruning 4 years, 1 month ago

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

PJ Karasek 4 years, 1 month ago

Indeed, certainly that too. It'll be exciting to see what a great back can do behind our new Oline recruits as well.

khummel60 4 years, 1 month ago

...and with that commit KU has cracked the top-50 list of recruiting classes for 2011 (listed at #46 now), ahead of Baylor and just behind K-State. We will have two 4-star running backs next year (Bourbon and Miller) along with Sims and Sands.

sava12 4 years, 1 month ago

It makes you wonder if Gill will have the RB position by committee. There's a lot of talent back there.

khummel60 4 years, 1 month ago

Forgot to mention we also have a commitment from Dreamius Smith - a solid 3-star RB. Lots of quality running backs. Get those big O-Linemen everyone is talking about, and we could end up with a very good running game in a year or two. Based on what I've seen from our QB's this year, I don't think we're going to have a great passing attack again any time soon.

jhawk613 4 years, 1 month ago

He might move some of those RBs to Safety, as RBs in high school are generally the best athletes.

Marc Frey 4 years, 1 month ago

But will he (they) play RB, LB, DE, or FS?

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years, 1 month ago

let me be the first (and i'm sure only) poster to eat crow (i should get some kind of certificate). many times i've referrd to the rivals top 50 rating to show gills lack of recruiting and now we have cracked it. if ku could comsistantly rank in the 25-50 range and play at that level i would be happy.

Dyrk Dugan 4 years, 1 month 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.

OCJHAWK 4 years, 1 month 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.

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years, 1 month ago

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

David Lara 4 years, 1 month ago

At 5'10'' 180 I don't think we'll be seeing him on the D-line.

Funhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

There is a good chance he will be receiving the Simone Award for the best high school football player in the Kansas City area. Past Simone high school winners were Josh Freeman, Chase Coffman, Darren Sproles, and Ladell Betts. I don't think a winner of the Simone Award has ever played at KU.

troutsee 4 years, 1 month ago

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

JHawkEddy 4 years, 1 month ago

Cummings YouTube highlights are impressive. Didn't show off much for scrambling ability but the kid has a cannon for an arm. It'll be nice to have a quarterback who can hit his receiver on a 15-yard out for once. Hopefully he and the O-line recruits can come in a clean up our current mess. Webb and Pick should be worried.

100 4 years, 1 month 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!!!!!

ahpersecoachingexperience 4 years, 1 month ago

still not totally sold but this is the first positive coming from the football team in a long time. feels kind of nice!

GridironHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't agree more. Gill and KU football (especially fans) needed the commitments they got in the last few days. It's also great hearing that some of the already committed players are still solid 100% on KU.

Jim Pendleton 4 years, 1 month 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.

gchawk 4 years, 1 month 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.

HawkTronic 4 years, 1 month 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.

Jayhawk1116 4 years, 1 month 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?

bteambrett 4 years, 1 month ago

Don't worry. There's still plenty of people who desperately want everything to go wrong so they can say "I told you so!" about Gill.

omari1911 4 years, 1 month ago

Saunders won the 100m and 200m at State and the biggest meet in the KC area. He anchor the state champion 4X100 team. He's got work to do on technique at corner, though. He says as much. He got a scholly, I'm sure, because you want to afford yourself the luxury of having the fastest kid in the state as an in-state recruit to try to work into the program somehow. Having a kid that runs a 10.2 100m dash might do well for the return game.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 1 month ago

Check out th race sequence from Friday night lites on you tube.

Saunders just toys with Darrian and his 4.45 speed.

He won't likely see much action early, but that kind of speed is special. The other things can be taught.

Now if we can get Bernard Thomas' 4.43 speed and technique, plus Chris Bryant and some other help on the DL.

dtownhawkfan 4 years, 1 month 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.

100 4 years, 1 month 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....

omari1911 4 years, 1 month 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.

100 4 years, 1 month ago

Regarding recruiting wars: Would be sweet to beat out Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, KState & USC in Gill's first full year recruiting...

Head to head with USC, I like it....

Let's go Gill, bring 'em in!!!!!!!

DevilHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Regarding Thomas: You can't expect someone to commit to a school where he doesn't have an offer.

omari1911 4 years, 1 month ago

He was offered in February. Don't know why Rivals shows otherwise. Scout.com shows that he's been offered. He had said he like KU, but is originally from Oklahoma and wanted to take a look there. Then, he mentioned KSU was in the mix. Darrian coming to KU has to help.

rastameta 4 years, 1 month ago

His offered was pulled because he tried to slow play KU and then has been playing pretty badly this year.

JBurtin 4 years, 1 month 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.

Dirk Medema 4 years, 1 month ago

I seem to recall reading that Phil looked much, much leaner on Friday. The coaches challenged him to get in shape in order to get an offer, and it looks like he's just kept running with it.

jhawk613 4 years, 1 month 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.

DevilHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

That depends. If they need to add weight, then you want to make certain that it comes from adding lean muscle. You also want to make sure that it happens slow enough such that their legs can properly support the added weight.

The big thing with Opurum is that he was already at or nearly at the appropriate weight for the other positions.

Ludwig Supraphonic 4 years, 1 month ago

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

GridironHawk 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm with ya on that one.... I've been cracking jokes at KU's expense lately just cause laughter makes the pain hurt less. Been looking for any positive news to grab a hold of and the latest recruiting news has definitely been positive. Couch would be a huge steal as well. As disappointing as the losses have been, it has shown one thing and that's that KU Football does have a fan base now (even if a few are bandwagon jumpers). I remember years ago after losses like these where people didn't even care enough to complain about the coach or players. Heck, they didn't even care enough to be disappointed....

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