In the midst of what is probably the most intense time for basketball and an obviously intense week of rivalry matchups, the Kansas football team had a little bit of good news last week pertaining to the 2011 recruiting class.
Early on in the 2011 recruiting process we covered junior day here at RCT primarily on a local level. One such recruit that was clearly an important target for Kansas was Darrian Miller. Miller was one of the players that received an early offer and as we all know Miller had a great junior day visit nearly committing on the spot. This week while attending the Kansas State basketball game with both Keeston Terry and Dexter McDonald he made the call and will be a Jayhawk.
While nothing's official till the ink dries next February, Miller spoke with Rock Chalk Talk briefly about his decision, Reggie Mitchell, Kansas basketball, the new Kansas football staff and some other KC area recruits.
On his commitment, Why Kansas? and ending his recruitment.
"I really left junior day with a good feeling about the program and it was almost certain but I was still somewhat unsure. Then I went up for another trip and got to see the city more and speak with Coach Mitchell more. I felt really comfortable and at home so I went ahead and gave the verbal."
"I think there are opportunities everywhere at Kansas honestly. I could wait a little and then step in or if I keep developing over the next year I could step right in earlier."
"The biggest plus playing for Kansas at the next level is that the program is on the rise and is gonna keep getting better. I want to contribute to that as much as possible."
"I would say it's somewhat of a relief to have recruitment over. I don't really see myself checking too many other schools out. Maybe if a school wanted me to come visit there's a possibility but I don't see myself decommitting in the future."
On his recruitment since Kansas junior day:
"Since the last time we talked I picked up 3 new offers from Minnesota Wisconsin and Louisville to go along with Iowa, Kansas State and Arkansas from before."
"I didn't go on any other visits, but Arkansas was a school I was really interested in as well."
"I was also staying in close contact with Coach Mitchell on a regular basis."
On his recent Kansas visit for the Kansas State game:
"Coach Mitchell extended the invite and Keeston had already told me he was going and then Dexter said he was going too, so we just went up together."
"When I was signing in for my tickets I saw Shane Ray there,but no other recruits at that time."
"The game was fun. The atmosphere was very loud and intense. If the football fans are anything like that then I'm going to be very excited to play for Kansas."
On Bernard Thomas:
"I haven't really been in his ear about it. I don't want to put pressure on anyone but I have reached out to a couple guys. I can't really say if he(Bernard) will be a Jayhawk soon but I think he could help us to a top recruiting class in 2011."
On other KC area recruits, the new Kansas staff, and Reggie Mitchell:
"I've talked to Dan (Tapko), Devonte Majors, Shane Ray, Phil Ford. and I'm going to try to contact Dylan Admire about Kansas also."
"People in Kansas City are excited about the new staff and anxious to see how they do. Personally, I think they will do good."
"He(Reggie Mitchell) is a great recruiter and that's why he has so many good relationships with the coaches and players in the area. I think you could say he's a big reason why there is a buzz about Kansas in the KC area."
On Kansas Basketball:
"Rock Chalk, Kansas basketball is going to the Final Four, Sherron is the truth and let's get it."