Iowa played host to rising Class of 2019 defensive back Derrick Miller Jr. Saturday when it took on Illinois for Homecoming. The Hawkeyes impressed the O’Fallon (MO) Burroughs High product beyond their 45-16 victory.

“What stood out is the family aspect of the program,” Miller Jr. told HN. “I was told before I came that they take family seriously up there and they really do. They really believe in family and that’s awesome because at my high school we preach the same thing.”

Iowa offered Miller Jr. a scholarship during the summer. Iowa State and Western Michigan were among the other schools to step forward with opportunities.

“Notre Dame, Purdue, Arkansas and Kentucky are all showing heavy interest,” he said.

Saturday’s visit started with breakfast in the all-American room of the football complex.

“After that, we got to see their beautiful facilities, including the weight room, team room, indoor football field, the wall of NFL players that played at Iowa and Kinnick Stadium,” Miller Jr. said.

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Assistants LeVar Woods and Tyler Barnes met with Miller Jr. and his family during the visit.

“We discussed many of the great DBs to come through Iowa and how they were all coached by the legendary Phil Parker. They said how they were so happy to see me up there and hoped that I enjoyed my experience, which I thoroughly did,” he said.

Miller Jr. said he also spoke with other recruits and felt comfortable in the environment. He watched the Hawkeyes defense, closely, and saw a good fit for his game.

“It’s a nice mix of man and zone, which I like because I’m already used to that at my high school. It’s not just one-sided to just man or just zone. There is a healthy mix,” he said.

Miller Jr. said he’s taking his time with his recruiting process. As of now, he’s looking to decide on a school sometime next year. Iowa seems well positioned following Saturday’s visit.

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“I’m feeling really good about the Hawkeyes and they stand pretty high on my list,” he said.