After visit, Iowa stays out front with RB

It was believed that Iowa had a small lead for Blue Springs HS (MO) running back Darrian Miller. After a visit this past weekend, the lead has grown. HI's Josh Harvey caught up with the senior 3-star back.

"It was amazing."

Those were the words of Blue Springs HS (MO) running back Darrian Miller when asked to describe his official visit to Iowa this past weekend.

The 2009 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year is planning on taking all five visits, but it appears the Hawkeyes are in front with the senior.

"The coaches were above and beyond what I expected. They were really great guys. We had a connection. Being in Kinnick stadium was a real experience for me. Iowa people definitely know about their football," said Miller to HawkeyeInsider.com. "I like being with the players and stuff. They are great guys. They were telling me how good the coaching staff is to the team."

But it wasn't just the players and coaches showing Miller love on his recruiting trip. Fans in the stands on Saturday night were screaming and chanting for the Missouri product to come north for college.

"They were screaming my name and I definitely didn't expect it. It was cool. I didn't realize that many people would know I was going to be there," said Miller. "I didn't know anyone would recognize me. It felt good."

Miller has schedule a trip to Kansas on October 22nd. Miller was committed to Kansas, but decommitted after a few months to keep looking.

"It's sort of hard scheduling things with the season's postseason approaching. Coach doesn't want us taking visits in crunch time. I just have to find the time," said Miller. "I'm letting just everything fall into place."

The Scout.com 3-star running back (No. 32 nationally) has offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, and Minnesota. He has stated for a while that he plans to commit after his final season, so it wasn't a surprise that Miller didn't pull the trigger this weekend.

"I had 1-on-1s with a couple of the Iowa coaches. First, Coach Johnson and I had a sit down. It was good, he was the guy that sort of showed me around all weekend. It was good to be around him," said Miller. "Coach Erb and I sat down twice and I was really comfortable with him. I could definitely see myself being coached by him in the future."

"Coach Ferentz....well my mom loves Coach Ferentz. From the pictures, he looks like he is almost always screaming, but they don't do him justice. We were sitting in his office and he was cracking jokes and stuff. He was really calm and mellow. He was a really cool guy."

While the Iowa coaching staff, players, and fans grabbed the attention of Miller, it was also their play on the field that the senior will remember down the road. Iowa was convincing in a 24-3 win over Penn State.

"I thought it was a great game. Iowa does a lot of the same things we do in high school with naked boot legs and sneaking guys out of the backfield. They definitely got on Penn State. I was happy to check them out," said Miller.

HawkeyeInsider.com will continue to monitor the senior's recruitment and inform Iowa fans if anything breaks.


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