Nearly ever year, one or maybe 2 recruits commit (usually early) and are very up front about their efforts and desire to lure others into the M hoops or football fold. I often wonder why more recruits aren’t as pro-active, or wonder if they are but simply don’t go out of their way to talk about it. Invariably, the guys who come out full guns for UM the second they commit are players I generally carry great affection for throughout their playing careers.
Miller is shaping up to be that guy in this class, and is angling to become the unofficial king of UM commits who recruit the shit out of their class.
I initially was concerned that Miller’s move north was a miscalculation which would undermine his recruiting juice where we need it most, FLA.
But the exact opposite is true. Miller is a savvy mofo and I wouldn't be surprised if his plan was at least partially hatched based on recruiting. He'll be at every single home game. Official/unofficial visits are when recruiting hay is made. You know how it’s a big deal to try and get one weekend with a bunch of highly rated recruits at the same time, so they can essentially recruit each other? Instead of being in the ear of those recruits only present during his official visit, Miller will be on every single recruit that sets foot on campus next year at the time they’re most susceptible to his charms.
Despite my claim that every class has a player or two that steps up as the recruiter who I then love unforgettably, I’m now blanking on other guys who’ve assumed this role. Juwan Howard was rumored to have been a prime mover in bring the Fab 5 together, but I didn’t have Sam Webb or Matt Pargoff to give me daily updates on who he’d contacted and what influence was exerted. I believe Horton was catalyst for his class, and helped get Dion Harris’ early commit. I recall Henson being credited for helping change DT’s commit from ND to M, and I think both ganged up on Justin Fargas and convinced him to pull a signing day surprise and commit Blue.
I know I wasn’t thinking of Daniel Horton when I started this. Anyone else have any names to jog my memory?