July 19, 2010

Miller becomes latest to join cavalcade of commitments

Maikhail Miller intended to commit to Ole Miss on Saturday.

He didn't.

However, the three-star quarterback from Fulton, Miss., never once wavered on his intentions to join the Rebels' program. On Monday night, Miller finally pulled the trigger, becoming the 10th prospect _ and the third in 48 hours _ to give Ole Miss a verbal commitment.

"After the camp, I just kind of thought about it and I felt at home there, so I decided to commit," Miller said. "They were just ready for me. They said they were glad I committed and they were excited.

"It feels pretty good. I know people are always asking where I'm going. Now I'll be able to tell them."

Miller's commitment comes one day after four-star wide receiver Donte Moncrief committed to Ole Miss and some 13 hours after Taylorsville, Miss., linebacker Marcus Mayers did the same thing.

"It's just that everybody feels together down there," Miller said. "We're all friends when we go down there for camps and everything. It just feels like home for all of us."

Ole Miss offered Miller in February, making the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder the top priority at quarterback. Miller picked up offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Ohio and UAB and appeared close to offers from several BCS-affiliated programs before he zeroed in on the Rebels.

"They think I have a real bright future," Miller said. "They think I can go a long way in that program. I think so too."

Miller threw for 1,955 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 457 yards and 13 more scores as a junior at Itawamba Agricultural High School. Ole Miss coaches, Miller said, spent more time over the weekend emphasizing academics.

"They just want me to stay up in school and keep up," Miller said. "I'm doing fine."

Miller said he plans to make the conversion from recruit to recruiter in the coming days, weeks and months. On Monday night, Miller hinted that the Rebels are closing in on pledges from some potential future targets.

"I think I could be a big impact on their recruiting," Miller said. "I think they'll have a couple of other receivers commit shortly."

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