Posted: 9:58 pm Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

West Virginia, Wake Forest early leaders for Darius Millines; Miami out 

By Jason Lieser

American Heritage wide receiver Darius Millines is up to 18 scholarship offers now, including Miami and Florida, but two out-of-state schools are in front of the pack.

Millines said he will not play for Miami, bucking rumors that he was close to a commitment. At this point he has four official visits planned and those programs are the ones most likely to land him. West Virginia and Wake Forest, two schools that have strengthened their ties to the area significantly in recent years, are ahead of Florida and North Carolina.

Millines at quarterback last year. (Bob Shanley/The Post)

Millines at quarterback last year. (Bob Shanley/The Post)

“Those are the four leaders right now,” Millines said, emphasizing the last two words of that sentence. “All my offers right now are for receiver. I like getting the ball and making big plays. I’m really not a defensive guy.”

West Virginia is the only visit that he has firmly scheduled. That option is particularly interesting because Millines is first cousins with Pahokee wide receiver Fred Pickett, a senior who is committed to the Mountaineers.

Millines was a star defensive back during American Heritage’s run to a state championship in 2007 and moved to quarterback before the ’08 season. He broke a bone in his throwing hand in the first game and shifted to wide receiver when he returned.

Millines said he is no longer considering an offer from Miami because, “at the receiver position right now, they’re overcrowded and young.” He said he is hesitant about Florida for the same reason.

Millines (6-0, 175, 4.4 in the 40-yard dash) hopes to commit before the season begins, but he is patient and would not have a problem waiting beyond that point. He is ranked No. 12 on the Big Board. Here are his thoughts on the four schools he plans to visit:

On West Virginia: “We set up an official Sept. 12 through the 14th. My family and I are going to fly up there. One thing I like is they run the spread the offense like we do.”

On Wake Forest: “I went up there on an unofficial visit. It reminds me so much of American Heritage. It’s a small school like mine. I’m already adapted to that environment.”

On Florida: “I was looking at their roster and they already have 12 receivers.”

On North Carolina: “I’m still looking into North Carolina. They just started looking at me, but they’re showing good interest in me.”

Millines has been on the radar for several schools since his sophomore year. Last year he was second team all-area and second team all-state in Class 1B.

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