Ricardo Miller has been a Michigan man for a long time. This four-star wide receiver committed to the Wolverines early in the process last September. Now he's headed to Ann Arbor to play this upcoming season for Pioneer High School, as he's leaving Orlando Dr. Phillips.
"We just got done packing and are headed up to Michigan tomorrow or Wednesday," Miller said. "It's kind of sad but I am also looking forward to the move and starting the next chapter of my life. I am going to be around the (Michigan) coaches a lot and very early. I mean I am graduating early and starting the process earlier so it should be a good transition for me by moving up there early."
Miller, 6-2 and 208 pounds, got the idea of moving to Michigan back in February.
"I knew if I got up there early I could get a jump start on everything, get used to the weather and the atmosphere. So I made it final at the end of March/ early April. Then I just had to figure out what school."
So in essence Miller had to go through recruiting again. Through the recruiting process he became good friends with quarterback Devin Gardner of Inkster, Jeremy Jackson of Huron, Dior Mathis of Cass Tech and others. They all told their coaches about Miller and the recruiting barrage was on for one for one of the nation's top receivers.
"There were a bunch of schools trying to pull me in and it got crazy. I got recruited all over again. But it came down to Huron, Pioneer and Inkster.
"Huron had good academics and athletics. I could play with Devin at Inkster and Pioneer was so close to Michigan. Also, at Pioneer, my family felt it was a better fit for my little brother, Chaz, who will be a sophomore and plays basketball. So we picked Pioneer based on location and for my brother. He plays center (6-7, 215) and this will be his breakout year.
"It should be an excellent transition. I have talked with coaches and players. I have been up there and feel strong about the quarterback there. The offense they have is the same as Dr. Phillips; same plays and formations. It shouldn't be as hard and I feel real comfortable."
Last season for Dr. Phillips Miller hauled in 34 passes for 615 yards and right touchdowns.