Rumors run amuck in college recruiting. Fans of School A hate it when a player spurns their school for School B, so why not make up something about that player? Of course, when these rumors are constructed, the perpetrator usually hides behind the identity of a screen name on some message board.
That exact thing happened to Delray Beach, American Heritage athlete Darius Millines. First off, the 6-foot, 180-pounder couldn’t be any nicer of a person. Secondly, some member of 561sports.com apparently wrote on the message board that Millines got kicked out of American Heritage. When I asked Millines what the reasoning was behind the rumor, he said he didn’t know and that he was definitely not kicked out his high school. He’s actually been going to camps in the Northeast.
Millines said he wasn’t even mad about the rumor and simply said, “It’s not the truth, so there’s nothing to really be mad about.”
After discussing the rumor, we talked about how recruiting was going for him this summer. Word was for months that Florida held the early lead for Millines, who plans to play wide receiver in college, and Millines said Saturday that the Gators are still on top for him and that he and receivers coach Billy Gonzales keep in constant contact through e-mails and phone calls.
Millines camped at Florida in June, and when I saw him he looked like one of the most athletic players on the field. He said he got to really spend some quality time with UF’s coaches and was pretty much sold on the program.
“It’s the vibe that I felt while I was there that told me it was my school,” he said. “I liked them and I knew they were recruiting me, but when I got there I realized that was my school.”
The Gators might be in the lead, but Millines isn’t planning a commitment until after he takes his official visits after his high school season is over. Millines said West Virginia and Wake Forest are the only other two schools he’s consider.
When asked why he hadn’t pledged to the Gators yet, Millines said that he’s still looking around and wants his choice to be the right decision. But as of right now, his entire immediate family and his girlfriend are hoping he signs with Florida.
The one school that appears to be out of it is his childhood favorite, Miami. Millines said he grew up a Hurricanes fan, but said that it’s not about love when it comes to a decision like this — it’s about the best situation.
“Miami is my favorite football team, but it’s not about my childhood dream, it’s about the school that I want to go to,” he said.
Millines said he hopes to make it to Gainesville for Friday Night Lights later this month, but after falling ill while camping in New York, he’s not sure if that will still happen.
Millines had more than 800 total yards of offense as a junior. He also had one kick return for a touchdown and four interceptions on defense.