Local standout recommits to Kansas

Once one of the first commitments to Head Coach Turner Gill's 2011 recruiting class, Blue Springs (MO) High School star Darrian Miller opted to reopen his recruitment in May. Now, after an official visit last weekend, the three-star prospect is once again a Jayhawk.

He may have taken the scenic route to reach this destination, but Darrian Miller is once again a Kansas Jayhawk.

Miller, perhaps the name most familiar to recruitniks among Jayhawk Nation, originally committed to Head Coach Turner Gill and the Kansas program in March, shortly after visiting the Lawrence, Kan. campus for Junior Day.

In the months that followed, however, the Blue Springs (MO) High School product's stock skyrocketed, thanks to standout performances at combines and camps. Offers came rolling in, and Miller decided to re-open his recruitment.

Since then, he's been courted by the likes of Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, Minnesota and Wisconsin, in addition to Kansas.

After a summer spent visiting campuses and working out at camps, it appeared as if Iowa had moved ahead in the race to obtain the three-star prospect's services, and the Hawkeyes earned his first official visit early this month.

Though the visit to Iowa City was "amazing," the program and the prospect parted ways approximately a week ago.

Last weekend, Miller took a return trip to Kansas – joined by his mother and grandmother – for an official visit. And after discussing things with his family, the 2009 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year once again decided Kansas is where he wants to be.

Miller informed Gill and the coaching staff of the good news Monday.

In a phone interview with Phog.net Monday night, he said the plan right now is for him to graduate early from Blue Springs High School and enroll at Kansas in December, making him eligible for spring ball. The details, however, are still in the process of being ironed out.

Miller is the second running back to commit to the Jayhawks in the 2011 class, joining Wichita (KS) Heights powerhouse Dreamius Smith.