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Updated August 3, 2008...
Ricardo Miller has exploded onto the recruiting scene after a number of impressive performances this summer. The 6-2.5, 203 pound wide receiver played tight end for a talented Dr. Phillips team in Orlando, Florida last season. This season, Miller is starting at wide receiver and if the spring game was any indication, he’s due for a big year. He’s a class of 2010 prospect, but that hasn’t stopped him from receiving interest from a number of big time schools.
“Right now the University of South Florida has offered, and I think in mid-December the University of Michigan probably will,” Miller said. “I’m receiving interest from Oregon, Ohio State, Iowa State, and Colorado. There are a few others but those are the main one’s. My top three are Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio State right now. Those three schools have really caught my attention and they are places that have good facilities. Those are the three places I want to go.”
With three schools ahead of the rest, Miller spoke about what stood out for each school. He also stated that there is one school that is currently his favorite.
Michigan: “They are probably my favorite more than the other two schools. That’s the Big House you know and they play in front of over 110,000 people. You have to put that on your number one. My mom was class of `88 and graduated from there. My grandparents live up there in Flint. I have a few other relatives that live in Detroit and that’s probably another reason I want to go up there so I can be with my family. When I went up to their camp they had top notch facilities and it was almost like it was the NFL. It’s so big up there and the coaches really interact with all of their players. The atmosphere there was unbelievable. Seeing the campus, the college life, the dorm rooms, it was all really nice and stood out in my mind.”
Tennessee: “It is a relaxed place that you can go to and have a good time. Basically, when you are done with football you can relax in your dorm room.”
Ohio State: “It was a lot like Michigan. It was nice to see the atmosphere and all of the top guys that have gone to Ohio State. It wasn’t as interactive as Tennessee but at the same time I got a really good feel of the school. The players were really comfortable around me and they were asking me questions about whether I wanted to go to school there or not. They were really interested in me.”
Whether it comes down to these three schools or not, there are a variety of things Miller is looking for in each school.
“I want a school that’s basically going to offer everything,” he said. “I want a school that not only has good athletics but also is a safe environment. I don’t want to have gun shots around me and I don’t want to hang out with the wrong people. I also want a school that has good academics and that will allow me to be something after football. I’m not going to play football forever. I want a place that I can get it done on the field as well as the classroom.”
Miller is a physical specimen on the field and he has the speed to go with his size. In fact, his physique is similar to the player that he models him game after.
“I model my game after Braylon Edwards because we have the same height and build,” Miller said. “He’s a phenomenal player and I can definitely see him being a role model in the future. I grew up watching Michigan and really liked Charles Woodson and Braylon Edwards. Watching them play was a big thing for me.”
During the summer, Miller visited a couple of camps and also participated in a number of 7 on 7 competitions. After this season, Miller hopes to take some visits and see what each school has to offer. Despite his current list of top schools, he’s not in any hurry to make a decision.
“I’ve visited USF so far and after the season I will probably take a few more to Tennessee, Oregon, Miami (FL), and Florida State,” the Dr. Phillips star said. “I also went to Michigan and Florida’s camp. I’d like to decide midway through my senior year or probably a little bit later than that. I just want to take time and enjoy my junior year. I’ll start making my decision sometime after that.”