While everyone is focused on Blue Springs (MO) running back Darrian Miller's recruitment, the soon to be senior is focused on returning the state championship game. Miller and the Wildcats finished second place in the Missouri Class 6 state championship in 2009.
"I think that it's going to be a good year. Right now, some people say we are too young and that it's a rebuilding year due to all the seniors we lost, but I still think we can make a run to the dome," said Miller to HawkeyeInsider.com. Blue Springs finished last year 12-2 overall.
"The offense is only returning three starters. We have a new quarterback who is a junior. He seems to be doing really good right now. We have a brand new o-line so we are still trying to work that out. I just need to make sure to get stronger and keep my feet up. I have been doing this for three years, so it's my turn to lead and get the guys going."
The Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year for 2009 rushed for over 2,700 yards and almost 40 TDs in 2009. A three-star running back, Miller is rated No. 56 nationally in the Scout.com 2011 running back class.
"I think it will be a lot of different numbers this year. I might not have as many yards, but I think my touchdowns will go up. We might have to grind a little more for yards, but we'll make sure we find them," said Miller. "I need to be ready, because defenses are going to key in on me more this season. Hopefully it opens up somebody else on the team to have a breakout year, but when it comes down to it, I'm going to do what I have to do to score and to win. I will do whatever it takes to get the "w"."
Earlier this week, Miller told Scout.com that Iowa is standing out as possibly the team to beat for his service. After de-committing from Kansas in May, the running back is looking also at Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville and Wisconsin.
"When anyone asks me who I'm thinking about, I tell them Iowa. I don't know why. Iowa is good for running backs, they had a really good season last year and have a really good recruiting class for 2011 already. I like what I'm seeing so far," said Miller. "I watch the classes pretty closely. You like to see who you are going to play around. It's not going to be just about the class this year, but it's nice. You also have to look at who they brought in last year and who they are looking at next year."
Miller was supposed to take in Iowa City earlier this summer, but teammate Bernard Thomas (Iowa prospect and No. 83 CB) got sick.
"It was very disappointing, because we were both looking forward to checking them out. I wanted to check it out, because I know that it's a school that I like and could decide on in the future. So it was disappointing, said Miller.
The Missouri product now plans to take an official visit to Iowa in the fall.