March 28, 2010
Miller leaves Oxford with one still on top
Maikhail Miller couldn't make it to Oxford for Ole Miss' Junior Day on Saturday.
Baseball got in the way.
On Sunday, Miller made the trip from his home in Fulton, Miss., and the extra attention he received as the Rebels' lone visitor at practice made it worth the wait.
"It was fine," Miller said Sunday night, hours after watching the Rebels two-hour practice inside the indoor practice facility. "I got a chance to talk to Coach (Houston) Nutt and Coach (Dave) Rader. It was about how I thought it would be."
Miller, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Itawamba Agricultural High School, received a scholarship offer from Ole Miss last month. Mississippi State, among others, is also showing interest.
However, the Rebels appear to be building on their lead in the race for his signature.
"Ole Miss is my leader," Miller said. "It felt like home. Their practices are a lot like ours in high school. I liked their tempo."
Miller said Nutt and Co. told him they were happy to have him in Oxford and discussed how they felt he would fit into their offense. The Rebels have just two scholarship quarterbacks _ Nathan Stanley and Raymond Cotton _ on scholarship this spring and will likely look to sign at least one and possibly two quarterbacks in February.
Miller said he didn't plan to make a decision regarding his college home until this summer, though he maintained that he's hoping to make a verbal commitment to his school of choice prior to the start of his senior season.
Miller passed for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, adding 500 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 40 carries.
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