Recruiting Analysis: Darius Millines

Jr. Darius Millines of American Heritage HS (Fl.) is no longer a prospect under-the-radar which is what he was when Rutgers offered him a few weeks ago. He has since accumulated 11 offers in which Miami, Alabama, and West Virginia are the most recent. Darius has proven to possess the "it factor" and displays the versatility to contribute all over the field.

Any collegiate program in the country would be lucky to land this excellent prospect. Scout has recently received his Jr. film and will take a look to see how his particular skill set would be able to contribute to the Scarlet Knights. Mind you, Darius played most of his Jr. season with a broken thumb and a cast.

Darius Millines is being recruited as a defensive back by Rutgers University. Although his Jr. film predominately displays plays on the offensive side of the ball, we will point out some of his traits that should transcend well to the defensive backfield positions.

The first thing that stands out about his film is obviously his speed. Darius has a wicked second gear and the ability to pull away from the defense in the open- field. He runs very fluently and exhibits good hips as well as little wasted motion.

Another thing that definitely cannot be questioned is his toughness. Not too many guys attempt to strap it up and get out there to play the game off football with a broken thumb. Darius is mentally prepared to lay it all on the line for his teammates.

His offensive skills can be utilized in the return game. Darius has all of the natural attributes to become a terrific either punt or kick returner. Although he appears to be more of a finesse player, at 6'0 180 lbs, he has a solid build that should enable him to take the pounding from the kamikazees on kickoffs.

I can also see him as a slot receiver. His soft hands, field vision and smooth route-running will make it tough to just automatically put him on the defensive side of a ball. A guy like Darius is an instant offensive threat that would need be accounted for.

You can tell he has a strong track and field background. The way he moves around the football field so effortlessly is a work of art and would definitely help him out at the next level when on his defensive island. Based on his current skill set along with his 4.4 speed, I see him as more of a cornerback than a safety, although, he would probably be a pretty good ball hawk from the free safety position as well. On one of the very few defensive plays on the film, Darius displays a good back pedal and the ability to jump a route and complete a pick-6.

Overall, Darius displays the skills to amass many more offers. Being that you can never have too many playmakers on any given squad, and also based on the fact that he has just recently released his Jr. highlights, I believe that he could become a 30-offer kid. The programs that got in on him early have done a terrific job in identifying his talent.

Take a look at his Jr. film below and let us know what you think of him on the message boards.




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