Local 2011 duo sign early

In discussing his recruiting strategy Friday afternoon, Kansas head coach Turner Gill clarified something about what he and his staff look for in a player.

He places an unquestionably high premium on speed, yes, but having speed is more than just about being "fast."

"I want to make sure that we're more explosive," Gill explained, in Friday's season-ending press conference. "Not fast necessarily, but we need guys to have a suddenness, a burst, being able to explode into contact."

In January, the Jayhawks will obtain the services of two early-enrollees who fit that description very well indeed, in Overland Park (KS) Blue Valley West offensive lineman Dylan Admire, and Blue Springs (MO) High School running back Darrian Miller.

Gill announced Friday that the local duo had opted to graduate high school early, and will enroll at Kansas for the spring semester - making them eligible to join the team for spring football practices.

Most Kansas fans are likely familiar with Miller, the 2009 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. Originally the first athlete to commit to the Jayhawks in the Class of 2011, the talented running back opted to re-open his recruitment in late May.

After a process that saw him consider offers from the likes of Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Minnesota and Wisconsin in addition to Kansas, he ultimately re-committed to the Jayhawks on Oct. 26.

In Miller, the Jayhawks get the most prolific rusher in big-class Missouri prep football history – tallying more than 6,400 yards on the ground in his career.

"The guy has tremendous speed, tremendous vision," Gill said. "Whenever the ball is in his hands he's able to take it to the end zone on any given play, so he fits that explosive movement that I mentioned earlier. We're extremely excited about him."

A multi-talented and versatile athlete, the Jayhawks will look to throw Miller into the mix right away at running back.

While not the owner of as much notoriety as his high-profile classmate, the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Admire is no less important to Kansas' plans for the future.

Initially a commitment to the University of Nebraska, Admire and the Huskers parted ways in late July, and on Aug. 1 he announced his intention to play for Gill at Kansas.

While he'll need to pack on a few pounds before he can reach his full potential, he possesses the explosive punch Gill so covets.

"We believe that he was one of the best guys we had on our board as far as offensive linemen," he said. "We're glad that he has decided to come here. He's strong, he's athletic and he's explosive."

While Admire and Miller are the only two early signees to date, Kansas is in pursuit of a handful of prospects with the potential to hit campus early – include JUCO targets quarterback Zack Stoudt and hybrid linebacker Otha Foster.

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