Iowa has offered scholarships to some top-flight running backs in the Class of 2011. It looked like the Hawkeyes would miss out on the first ball carrier to which they extended an opportunity, however, when Darrian Miller verbally committed to Kansas back in early March.
Things have changed. Miller announced this week that he was de-committing from the Jayhawks and reopening his recruitment.
"Right now, I'm just looking at the schools that contacted me or I contacted," the 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back said. "There's not a particular school that I de-committed (from Kansas) to go to. "
Iowa has been one of the schools in touch with the Blue Springs, Mo. product. During the last open contact period earlier this month, Miller tipped off Hawkeye recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson that he might be de-committing from Kansas.
"(Johnson) was at the school talking to (prep teammate) Bernard Thomas and I told him," Miller said. "He told me they would try to recruit me if that happened. I got an email from Coach (Kirk) Ferentz when I announced my de-commitment.
"He said that I was the first running back they offered and that they still were interested. He told me to give him a call so we could talk things over. I haven't had a chance to do that yet, but I plan on it."
As I wrote about in January, Miller, Thomas and another teammate canceled a trip to Iowa in January due to an illness. They didn't get a chance to come to Iowa City before Miller committed to Kansas.
"Bernard and I have talked about it," Miller said. "We're going to make it up there this summer so we can get a look at the school."
Miller is deciding on possible places to camp this summer. He and Thomas will be heading to Oklahoma for a one-day event next month.
"I'm been in contact with the schools that were recruiting me and offered me before I committed to Kansas," Miller said. "They've said they're going to continue to recruit me. We'll go from there."
Miller feels like Iowa will remain in the mix for his services.
"For sure, they were the first to offer me," he said. "A lot of people think I would be a good fit there because of how they use the running back. They do a lot of good things with the running back.
"I feel like Iowa has a very good chance."
Miller said he is looking for the same things in a school that led him to verbal to Kansas. He just feels like he needs to look around some more. This time, he'll take more time to make his pick.
"Yeah, I don't think I'll commit any time soon," Miller said. "It might happen by the end of my season, but it also might take longer than that."