Coming in at 6th on our Impact Redshirt Freshmen Countdown is Ricardo Miller. Miller committed to Michigan and moved here before his senior year of high school with offers in hand from the likes of Florida, LSU & Miami (FL). Coming from the powerful Orlando High School Dr. Phillips and being the best friend of 2011 Recruit Demetrius Hart immediately led to speculation that the two would be a package deal. Hart would indeed commit the following year, before changing his mind and opting for Alabama instead after Rich Rodriguez was fired. Scouts Inc. said of Miller in high school:
“..Miller lines up everywhere, plays with a nice feel for coverage and knows how to get open. His willingness and ability to come up with big plays over the middle of the field is one of his most impressive traits. What he might lack in great speed, he makes up for in overall talent. He possesses big, reliable, soft hands with very few body catches.. What really stands out is his ability to make plays on the jump ball, balls thrown in traffic and adjustments to poorly-thrown balls. Comes off the ball quickly and reaches top speed rapidly for a player of his size. He does lumber somewhat, but he runs with power and strength.. He catches everything, he breaks tackles, makes people miss and he is ultra competitive. Excellent prospect.”
Miller came to Michigan as a highly ranked receiver but outgrew the position as many predicted would happen. Now at tight end he is behind Kevin Koger and Brandon Moore on the depth chart. Look for him to learn the position this year and possibly make 5-8 catches. He is willing to get dirty, look for the breakout next year with Koger graduating and Chris Barnett no longer behind him on the depth chart. Miller looks to be a valuable depth player in 2011 that will get significant playing time during his sophomore season. Check out high school highlights for a peak of whats to come:
What do you think Miller will play this season and who do you think will be next in our countdown?