By Parrish Alford / NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – It is the off-season, but a lot has gone on for the Ole Miss offense in the last week.
There’s a new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who will call his own plays, a rarity under Houston Nutt, and a new quarterback too.
It could be enough change to make a recruit waver in his verbal commitment, but that isn’t the case with Maikhail Miller.
The Daily Journal all-area and all-state quarterback at Itawamba AHS, Miller remains firm in his commitment.
He continues to draw interest from several programs from non-BCS conferences, but he intends to sign with Ole Miss on signing day, Feb. 2.
Miller says there’s the possibility he’ll gray shirt, which would mean he would pay his own way for the fall semester, then join the football program during the break and count against the 2012 class of scholarships.
He is comfortable with that plan, unbothered by new names in the program like David Lee and Barry Brunetti.
Miller has done some research on Lee, the new offensive coordinator.
“I’ve not talked to him as a person but I like his resume, and I like what I hear,” Miller said. “I know he helped Tony Romo (Dallas) and Tim Tebow and a lot of others.”
Quarterback has become a crowded position at Ole Miss, a fact that’s allowed Nutt to bring Miller into the fold at a slower pace.
In little more than a month’s time, Nutt has added a walk-on transfer in former Tupelo star Chris Garrett, one of the nation’s most sought junior college transfer quarterbacks in Zack Stoudt, both pocket passers, and West Virginia transfer Barry Brunetti, one of the nation’s top dual threat prospects in the 2010 recruiting class. Garrett will sit out the 2011 season, but Brunetti will be eligible if he receives a hardship waiver from the NCAA.
If Miller follows the delayed-entry plan, the numbers will thin themselves out.
“All those guys will be juniors. They don’t affect me, really,” Miller said.
Miller (6-2, 235) passed for 1,636 yards and rushed for 1,148 yards last season. He had a hand in 36 touchdowns for IAHS.
Ole Miss also returns scholarship quarterbacks Nathan Stanley and Randall Mackey, a junior college all-American two years ago who red shirted last season, in addition to several walk-ons.
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