Iowa, Darrian Miller Part Ways

Once thought to be a good match, the relationship between 2011 RB Darrian Miller and Iowa has come to an end, according to the player's prep coach. Find out the latest on the recruitment of the talented runner from Missouri.

Blue Springs (Mo.) High Football Coach Kelly Donohoe confirmed on Monday that Iowa no longer is recruiting his star running back Darrian Miller. A new leader has emerged for the talented tailback.

"I would say that Kansas is probably the front runner," Donohoe said. "Iowa's not in the picture anymore, but he's a high level DI kid and he'll find a home and he'll excel. Size was the issue with Iowa."

Donohoe said the Hawkeye coaches told Darrian that he wasn't big enough for them. Miller (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) had listed Iowa has his favorite for months. He officially visited Iowa City on Oct. 2 for the Penn State game.

"I think he's a little disappointed about Iowa," Donohoe said. "I think he's trying to focus on moving forward now. He'll have a slew of schools to choose from. He just has to scratch this one off the list. He's handled it well."

Donohoe suspended Miller for the first game of the season for off-field conduct but said the player's behavior did not factor into Iowa pulling the scholarship.

"He's not a bad kid and I don't know why that's out there," Donohoe said. "He made a bad decision. We wanted to get on it early and make sure he understood how he needed to act to be a good teammate and he's fixed that.

"Darrian has been a real good player for a long time. Sometimes it seems like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. There definitely shouldn't be a perception that he's a bad kid because he's not."

Donohoe said Miller will pick up the recruiting process more after the season. The coach was not sure who, beyond Kansas, would get an official visit.

"We really have no idea," Donohoe said. "We're not talking a lot about college football. He really is focusing on his senior season."

Miller has carried the ball 176 times for 1,421 yards ands 20 scores this fall. He's also caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.

"Darrian likes playing power football," Donohoe said. "He likes having a fullback and a tight end."

Donohoe said that might be a reason there hasn't been a strong connection with Missouri, who likes to spread it out. The coach also felt like Miller being a smaller back might be keeping some schools from pursuing him.

"At that level, most guys are 200 pounds or more,' Donohoe said. "You see guys like Darren Sproles but they run 4.4s. But I'm not nervous about Darrian. He's going to find a place that works for him and do well."

Miller originally verbally committed to Kansas in the summer before re-opening his recruitment.


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