Following Lafayette’s 28-6 victory over the Itawamba-AHS Indians I got a chance to catch up with Ole Miss commit Maikhail Miller.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound quarterback had physically just gone through hell but took the time to talk about the game and where he stands with Ole Miss.Against the Commodores, Miller’s stat line was less than impressive. The senior completed just 5 of 17 passes for 25 yards and not only did he throw an interception on his second pass, but he also lost a fumble late in the game while scrambling for his life.
“I took a hit every time I dropped back or tried to run,” he said, which was by design for the Commodores.
In short, the Lafayette defensive front owned the Indians’ offensive line and Miller never really stood a chance.
Known more as a drop-back passer than a dual-threat QB, Miller was forced to scramble more often than not and actually ended up with 72 yards rushing. He also had an impressive 14-yard score where Lafayette defenders were literally bouncing off of the big signal caller.
After the game, Miller made no excuses and said he expects opponents to key-in on him because of his team’s youth.
SOLID ON OLE MISS: We only talked recruiting for a few seconds, but Miller made it clear he’s not wavering from his Ole Miss verbal commitment.
“I’m sticking with Ole Miss,” he said, adding that other schools have laid off and are no longer trying to flip him.
With regards to the Jacksonville State loss, Miller said it happens and that he just thinks Ole Miss overlooked the Football Championship Subdivision opponent. In short, he wasn’t worried about the loss.
According to MaxPreps.com, Miller has completed 47 of 100 passes for 558 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions. He has also rushed for 229 yards and three scores on 65 attempts.
Above is a video of Maikhail at Oxford’s 7-on-7 Tournament this summer taken by friend of The Blog Brandon Lockhart (RebelGrove.com).
MY THOUGHTS: I think all in all Miller is a very good high school quarterback that has potential at the college level. The fact his other official offers were from UAB, Ohio, Arkansas State is a bit peculiar to me, however. From the two times I’ve seen him play, his arm strength is apparent. I’m not sure the LHS game is a fair game to judge him on, considering his team was over matched and he was never really able to sit in the pocket and set his feet (which is his game). During the 7-on-7 Tournament, where there’s no pass rush, I thought he made good decisions and was pretty accurate. Long-term, he could be a solid player at Ole Miss, but he’s not a guy who is going to step in and contribute right away.
At the high school level, he’s a load to take down. When he was forced to run it was never a solo tackle that brought him to the turf and as a result he runs of 17, 15, 13, 14 yards and was only hit for a loss three times.
HERE is Sports Editor John Davis’ writeup on Miller after he committed to Ole Miss during the summer.
IN TODAY’S EAGLE:
—It only took two games for Jeremiah Masoli to show why he was worth the wait. On Saturday, the transfer almost beat Tulane by himself.
—A win is a win, but as Sports Editor John Davis points out in his column, the Rebels needed to do more than just win against Tulane.
—JD expanded on his column in the notebook, outlining a few elements from the game.
—As mentioned earlier, the Lafayette Commodores made quick work of the Itawamba-AHS Indians on Friday night, defeating the Class 4A foe 28-6.
—This past week was a big one in the life of Oxford junior Stan Ivy. Not only did the playmaker lead the Chargers past Senatobia, but he also welcomed his son into the world.
—Water Valley’s Gridiron Blue Devils didn’t disappoint the big crowd on hand for homecoming on Friday, rolling past J.Z. George 41-14.
—On Sunday, the Memphis Tigers showed why they’re No. 20 in the country, defeating Ole Miss 2-1.
—The Ole Miss volleyball team concluded its preseason schedule on Saturday with a decisive 3-0 win over Samford to claim the Magnolia Invitational for the fourth-straight year. (September 13, 2010)