September 6, 2010

Miller looking to finalize visits

With high school football well underway around the country, it seems a lot of the heavily recruited players have shifted their focus away from their recruitment in favor of the season at hand.

Though four-star running back Darrian Miller falls into that same mindset, he wasn't afraid to let it be known that he had a slight favorite as of now.

"Right now I haven't really put too much time into recruiting and such," Miller said Sunday evening. "I am just focused on the season. But I guess as of right now I've been talking to Iowa a lot.

"I'd probably say they're probably the favorite right now."

Though Iowa just received a commitment from four-star running back Melvin Gordon a couple of weeks ago, Miller said that verbal wouldn't really change his approach with the Hawkeyes.

"It doesn't have any effect on it," Miller said. "They told me from the beginning that they were probably going to take two backs. Most top colleges do because it gives you some depth. I haven't had a chance to check him out but maybe we'll become teammates."

A self-tabbed 'change of direction and speed' back, the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Miller has multiple scholarship offers from several high major programs such as Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In recent days and weeks, Miller said he's had the most contact with Kansas and Minnesota.

And at this time, the Missouri native has just a couple of visits set up but he hopes to find a way to use all five available to him, especially since he plans on graduating high school in December.

"My initial thought was to take all five if possible and time permitting," Miller said. "If not, then I hope to get at least three in whenever I can."

Wisconsin seems to be a school in the mix for a potential visit.

"I'm open to basically anyone and I'm still just trying to find a good fit," Miller said. "Maybe I can go up there and something might catch my eye. Maybe Wisconsin is the place to be."

When asked what he likes about the Badger program, Miller was quick to point out the deep history of running back success the teams been able to produce.

"Wisconsin is up there with everyone else," Miller said. "They've definitely had good success with running backs like P.J. Hill and Brian Calhoun. A lot of the schools are at the same place. I just need to get up there and see what each has to offer and really sit down with the coaches and talk about everything like playing time, depth and all that.

"Wisconsin is definitely up there, too."

Miller said playing time isn't a huge factor and that he would be willing to redshirt if it came to that.

"A lot of people do that," Miller said. "At the same time if a school is wanting me to come in and play early then I'll definitely see that as a positive and maybe that school is where I'll go."

As far as Wisconsin is concerned, it seems Miller is comfortable with his relationship with his recruiting coach Dave Doeren.

"He's a cool guy," Miller said. "I liked him whenever he came up to the school. He was upfront about things and that's what I liked. He didn't really beat around the bush. He was saying they're probably going to take one back and told me how I compared to other backs and what they like to do."

Miller also made it clear that no decision was imminent, but that if he finds the right fit he won't be hesitant to pull the trigger.

"It could come after the season but it really could come before it just depending on how I'm feeling about a school (especially) if a school is catching my eye or really gets my attention." Miller said. "I've talked to schools about their in-season visits and stuff and a lot of schools like to do it after the season. If it was in-season it would get me up there beforehand and I wouldn't have to wait.

"If I got a chance, I guess the sooner the better."

Wisconsin currently has 11 verbal commitments in its 2011 class. At this time, no running back has yet to commit.

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