The crew from Blue Springs, Mo. was excited to get a look at the University of Iowa. They hopped in the car and headed north, but never made it.
A member of the traveling party became ill in the vehicle and the group had to return home. The sick individual was not a recruit.
"We really wanted to come up and get a look at Iowa," said Darrian Miller, a 2011 running back with an Iowa scholarship offer. "The driver's son threw up and we had to go back. It was pretty unfortunate, but we're going to make it up there soon."
Miller was joined on the trip by Blue Springs High teammates Bernard Thomas and Jordan Nubine (both '11). The Wildcats reached the state championship game in November.
Shortly after that game, Iowa extended its offer to Miller.
"Coach (Eric) Johnson was keeping in real good contact with me," Miller said. "He asked me for a few tapes so he and the running backs coach (Lester Erb) could give them a look. I sent a couple of games up there and they offered. I wasn't surprised because it had seemed they were pretty interested."
Iowa is the only school to offer Miller at this point, but Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Florida State and Arkansas also have asked for tapes. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back rushed for 2,800 yards and 37 touchdowns this season, while catching balls for 375 yards and three scores.
"I'd say my game is about explosion," Miller said. "I come out of the backfield fast and once I get into the open field, it's done for. I also have some power. I don't normally go down on first contact."
Thomas, a cornerback, and Nubine, an athlete that plays receiver and linebacker, are seeking Iowa offers.
"I like Iowa a lot," Thomas said. "The coaches are cool. I haven't had a chance to send film to Coach Johnson yet so he can look at it with the DB coach (Phil Parker). I'd like to go to camp there so I can work one-on-one with the DB coach."
Thomas doesn't have any offers yet, but has interest from Kansas State and Arkansas.
Blue Springs High has been good to the Hawkeyes in the past. Wildcat alum, Ladell Betts, played at Iowa from 1998-01, when he racked up the second most career rushing yards (3,686 yards) in school history. He's been with the Washington Redskins for the last eight seasons.
"We know about him," Miller said. "People around here talk about what he did up at Iowa. I don't remember him, but I know about him and he plays my position, which is pretty cool."
Miller, who attended a Nike camp in Colorado last summer, plans to attend the Iowa camp this year. He wants to go to another Nike camp farther from home and also an FBU (Football University) camp.
"I'm going to sit down with my mom here pretty soon and figure things out," Miller said. "We'll come up with a plan. It's time."