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Kansas' ESPNU 150 RB reopens recruitment

5/26/2010

Darrian Miller committed to Kansas in March as Kansas' first commitment of the 2011 recruiting season. It might have been too soon.

Miller, a member of the 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List and a Blue Springs, Mo., native, decommitted from Turner Gill and the Jayhawks and reopened his recruitment. Based on his comments to TheShiver.com, an ESPN-affiliate Kansas site, it doesn't sound like he'll make up his mind for quite some time.

“There’s a good chance that I still go to there,” said Miller. “I just want to make sure it’s the place for me.”

Miller said that his conversation went well on Tuesday. In fact, according to Miller, Coach Gill understood what Miller is going through.

“He understood,” Miller said of Coach Gill. “Maybe KU is the place for me. I just want to take this year and see how they do. Their tendencies on offense and style of offense. Coach Gill said that was good for me to do.”

Who knows why he didn't feel the need to watch Gill's new offense develop when he committed the first time around? Gripe about the fickle nature of teenagers all you want, but this is nothing new. Commitments are non-binding and Miller isn't the first -- or last -- recruit to take advantage of that, if only because his thought process has changed.

Miller, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri, has only one offer from another Big 12 team (Kansas State), but is also considering Minnesota and Iowa, among others. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder rushed for 2,798 yards and scored 37 touchdowns as a junior at Blue Springs last season.

If Miller doesn't re-commit to the Jayhawks, they won't be too worried. Last year's leading rusher, sophomore Toben Opurum, didn't make the post-spring depth chart, and incoming, spectacularly named running back Brandon Bourbon could compete for early playing time, too. But the backs on top of the depth chart, senior Angus Quigley and freshman DeShaun Sands, proved there's plenty of depth in Kansas' backfield, even if they struggled to run the ball last season.

Kansas now has two commitments for 2011, including another well-named running back, Dreamius Smith.