Instinct Confirmed

Two factors stood out for American Heritage High School wide receiver Darius Millines on his trip to West Virginia – so much so that the playmaking pass catcher followed his gut feeling and committed to the Mountaineers.

"My visit was really good," Millines said of his first ever trip to the Mountain State and the West Virginia campus. "I liked it because it's kind of quiet. There aren't places where you can go and get in trouble. And I know they are losing receivers, so I will have a chance to play early."

With Millines' commitment, WVU could be headed toward constructing its best-ever class of wide receivers. With Quantavius Leslie, Fred Pickett and Deon Long also in the fold, the Mountaineers have assembled a stellar group of pass catchers. Add one more (Ivan McCartney? Robert Johnson? Chris Dunkley?) and it would have to rank as one of its best ever groups.

Millines added his name to WVU's commitment list after confirming what he felt on the way to campus.

"I did kind of have an idea that I might commit," he said. "I didn't know what to expect, or how it would be, but everything was really nice there. I was kind of looking for a change of scenery from what I am used to, and everything there was good."

Millines was accompanied on his visit by his mother, who had a little different idea about his son's college destination.

"My mom liked Florida, and she didn't know I was going to commit," he said while describing the surprise that lay in store. "But after I broke everything down for her, she was o.k. with it. I told her why I liked West Virginia, and that I'd have a chance to play early. I told her I'm just trying to go to the NFL, and this was the best place for me to have that chance."

Also influencing Millines' decision were assistant coach Doc Holliday and graduate assistant JaJuan Seider, who recruited him.

"They are really cool and down to earth. You can talk to them about anything. They're easy to talk to."

While Millines is the latest in a sizeable group of Florida commitments (Travis Bell, Robert Clark, Fred Pickett), he said their decisions did not have an influence on his choice. Instead, he saw the way he could fit in to WVU's offense as he watched Jarrett Brown shred East Carolina for more than 400 yards of total offense.

"I watched the passing game, and I could see myself out there," he noted. "When I get the ball in my hands, I can make something happen."

Millines admitted that he might take other visits, which will leave a bit of worry for those who eye verbal commitments with trepidation. However, he also said that he hopes to come back to West Virginia for another home game.

"I had a good time hanging out with Bradley Starks and J.D. Woods and J.B. (Brown) he said. "Bradley was my host, and we talked about everything, He showed me around."

Millines, who plans to major in athletic coaching, had 11 receptions for 258 yards and three scores as a junior. He said Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Tennessee are among those schools that continue to pursue him.


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