Monday, July 5, 2010

2010 Countdown: #60 Ricardo Miller

Name: Ricardo Miller
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 212 lbs.
High school: Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #82
Prediction for 2010: Minimal offensive reps

Early in the recruiting process, Michigan fans were hyped up about Ricardo Miller. Originally from Orlando, he and his family decided to move to Michigan so he could enroll early at Michigan. So he played ball this past season at Pioneer High School, in the shadow of Michigan Stadium. Not only was Miller seemingly a highly rated wide receiver, but he was clearly 100% committed to the Wolverines and exercised that enthusiasm by pushing hard for other kids to commit.

So as much as I like the kid's character, it pains me to say this - but I don't see the vast amount of potential that many other Michigan fans do. Some have already been clamoring for him to be given the #1 jersey, which is reserved only for the most special receivers at U of M. Miller doesn't seem to have great speed or leaping ability, and he had some problems with dropping passes at Pioneer. In my opinion, the best thing Miller has to offer at this point is his size and blocking ability - at 6'4" and 212 lbs., he should be able to dominate opposing cornerbacks in the running game. That might be enough to get him on the field in the fall, especially because outside wide receivers are in short supply on this team.


  1. Could you see Ricardo eventually growing into a tight end / H-back?

  2. I can see him growing into a TE/H-back body, but I don't know if numbers will allow it. He's got the size to do it if he wants to bulk up, and he doesn't have the elite speed to guarantee being a playmaker on the outside. However, the depth at WR is so thin right now that the coaches can't really afford to move another guy just yet.

  3. I don't think ur offense truly needs TEs outside of goal line situations, where some olinemen would do, so I don't think you would want to move him anywhere.

    -horn(sick of writing "burntorange with a lil maize" it's excessively long)

  4. If my only frame of reference was his tape from Pioneer, I'd agree with you. But his film from Dr. Phillips is great. There's a reason he was considered the best WR in Florida for the 2010 class before moving to Michigan.

  5. @ Anonymous 12:48 a.m.

    His tape from Dr. Phillips isn't what I would call great. It's just pretty good.

    And there's a reason that he was considered the #66 wide receiver in the country, the #12 overall player in the state, and a 3-star (Rivals).