Miller Takes In Spring Game

Not much has changed for Darrian Miller since he became the first member of the Kansas Jayhawks 2011 recruiting class back in March.

The Blue Springs (MO) High School product runs track. He works out. He focuses on preparing for his final season as a BSHS Wildcat in a few months. He keeps in frequent contact with the Kansas coaches.

One thing he doesn't think about anymore, however, is his recruiting. With offers from the likes of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisville and Kansas State in addition to Kansas, Miller opted to put an end to his recruitment in early March when he pulled the trigger for Head Coach Turner Gill and the Kansas Jayhawks.

Since then, he's grown increasingly familiar with the program, particularly running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Reggie Mitchell.

They've already had the discussions on how he'll fit in to the Kansas offense, said Miller, who rushed for almost 2,800 yards as a junior in 2009. So when he made plans to bring his mom and grandmother with him to Lawrence for the annual Spring Game on Saturday, the on-the-field action wasn't the biggest reason for his excitement.

"The game was pretty good but the best part was just seeing everybody again and getting to talk to the coaches a little more," Miller explained.

Despite the fact that he's been to campus on multiple unofficial visits since the first of the year, it's an experience that never loses its luster.

"I really wouldn't say it's different," he explained, when asked if the feeling was different for him now that he's a Kansas commit. "Even when I go up there I still see some new things about the school I didn't know. It's kind of a new experience every time I go up there."

The football season is still approximately four months away, but that's not keeping the 2009 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year off the gridiron. Recently, Miller tripped to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth for a Nike Training Camp event. While there, he participated in drills alongside some of the top running backs in the region – including Scout.com five-star prospect Herschel Sims – and more than held his own.

While in Fort Worth, Miller made contact with other KU recruits, and was briefly reunited with a handful of them on Saturday.

"I was definitely happy about how I did down there," he said. "I met a lot of guys down there, and I saw a few of them at the Spring Game, so it was good to see them."

Next up for Miller on the camp circuit? The Midwest Elite Combine May 1 in Kansas City and the Super Jayhawk Camp later in the summer.

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