March 5, 2010

Rebels extend offer to Mississippi quarterback

Spring drills at Ole Miss will be dominated by the quarterback competition between Raymond Cotton and Nathan Stanley.

Get used to the theme.

One of the most compelling storylines for the Rebels' 2011 recruiting class will be the pursuit of quarterbacks.

Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt has already said he will have to sign at least one and maybe two quarterbacks. Earlier this week, the Rebels became the first to offer one of the top signal-callers in Mississippi.

Fulton (IAHS), Miss., quarterback Maikhail Miller admitted Thursday he was "surprised" when his first scholarship offer arrived earlier this week from Ole Miss. Miller, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, said he learned of the offer and then spoke to new Ole Miss quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator Dave Rader.

"I was surprised," Miller said. "I haven't talked to any of those coaches all year and I didn't go to their junior day. (Rader) said they love my arm and I have a great body and they love how I run over people. He said they had watched my film and that's how they knew they wanted me."

Miller said the offer from the Rebels showed him that "all the work has paid off." It also has him thinking about possibly making Ole Miss his college home.

"I keep up with them pretty well," Miller said. "I go to a 7-on-7 (camp) there every year and we usually have a preseason game there. …They said they want to get me up there as soon as possible. It's close to home and I like everything about it. I like the tradition they have there."

Miller, who said he plans to get to Oxford during the spring, passed for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, adding 500 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 40 carries.

"I want to work on my footwork, but I have good vision and arm strength," Miller said. "I make good decisions and I have accuracy."

Miller said he is hoping to camp at Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and possibly Arkansas. He'll be looking at those schools closely.

"I'm thinking about making a decision before the season starts," Miller said.

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