Florida Athlete Considering Illinois

As Signing Day approaches, the recruiting process for high school seniors is winding down. Darius Millines thought he was done with his recruitment but is still mulling his options. He visited Illinois last weekend and came away impressed.

Darius Millines, a wide receiver from American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Florida, took an official visit to Illinois last weekend and spent time with the coaches, players, and other recruits.

"On Friday, we ate lunch, went to the stadium, and then we ate dinner. After that, we went out with our hosts. On Saturday, we ate breakfast and talked to the academic advisors. They told us about the Youtube guys. Then, we went back to the room, played video games, and ate dinner. That night, we went out again with our hosts."

Millines' return trip to Florida was delayed a day because of a massive storm in the eastern parts of the country.

"Well, on Sunday, we ate in the morning and got ready to leave, but my flight got delayed. So we stayed at the hotel across the street and our flight the next morning was at like 5:50 in the morning. Ean Days, Brandon Denmark, Mark Wilson, Urell Johnson, and Alex Hill were also there that I remember."

Just before this interview Tuesday, Millines was busy hosting two Illinois coaches.

"Coach [Ron] Zook and Coach [Jeff] Brohm were just here doing an in-home visit. They want me to play receiver, both in the slot and on the outside. They also see me running the Wildcat and being back for returns. I talked to Coach [Paul] Petrino on my visit. He showed us a few techniques he teaches to his players, such as getting off the ball."

Illinois wasn't in the picture for the 6'-0", 190 pound receiver until very recently, but he came away impressed.

"My coach, Coach [Brandon] Kent, is a friend of Coach Brohm. They went to Florida Atlantic together. He called my coach and asked him if I would be interested in Illinois. I said yes of course. On my visit, I saw they run a pro-style offense, and I saw the academics they have. I want to major in communications and they have that major."

Millines de-comitted from Marshall Tuesday. He originally committed to West Virginia, but ended up switching to Marshall.

"I felt that vibe at Marshall and I prayed on it. Illinois wasn't in the picture then. With the offense West Virginia offense, they run more than pass. Marshall, though, wants to throw the ball and air it out. I'll make a final decision on signing day."

Millines won a state championship as a quarterback this past season and has visions of similar success in college.

"I've always dreamed of being a Heisman winner. Wherever I go I'm going to work hard. I want to be a big time receiver who makes play after play. I'm going to get off the line better, improve my hands, and run better routes. I want to be a role model both on the field and off the field."


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