Everyone assumed the Conley "news" was the reason for the DaMario Jones commitment. But perhaps it was this that opened the door for Jones.
Ricardo Miller Leaves Team
Ricardo Miller's facebook page:
I know there was a fake Devin Gardner page out there but this one has 1200 friends and several pictures of Miller taken from cellphones and the like. Looks legit to me.
Miller bounced to and from tight end after arriving early, never finding playing time. With walk-ons seeing snaps ahead of him the writing was on the wall—time to move on. As a redshirt sophomore his departure does open up a scholarship slot in the next class. That brings Michigan to 23 plus any guys who don't get a fifth year; they currently have 22 plus maybe longsnapper Scott Sypniewski. Gareon Conley is wavering, of course.
Also: yeah, Miller's getting a degree in three years. Good luck to him.
Congrats on your degree Ricardo. You are a Michigan man. Best of luck with your grad degree and football aspirations.
This sucks. I mean, very glad to see him graduating, but I was hoping he'd be a big player for UM. Talked to him in the athletic library quite a few times when I was at U of M ( I worked as ITCS support staff) and he was the nicest, most chill dude. Also had some sweet dreads. Power to him.
Thanks for the three years at Michigan to the young man, and the best of luck in putting his Michigan degree to good use.
Best of luck in all future endeavors, Ricardo
This is a bummer. Weird how he was such a touted or beloved recruit around these parts and I really don't even remember him getting more than a dozen or so snaps in his time here.
I hope he transfers to a place where he can get some PT and a great supplementary education. I secretly hope he goes to Miami of Ohio.
Everybody wins here. Miller gets a degree from the University of Michigan, a chance to pursue a post-graduate degree elsewhere, and a chance to play at a lesser program next year. Michigan gets another scholly.
Good luck, Ricardo, and thanks for all of the time and work you put into the program.
Best of luck to Ricardo. He was a man without a position.
I wonder where he's headed? Depending on his GPA, etc., he may have some very interesting options.
This is a bummer, except that it sounds like Ricardo is happy with it so maybe not (for him, I mean). Once you've realized you aren't going to the NFL (which is the case for nearly all college football players) the fact that you have a paid-for degree from UM, some great friendships/experiences and an opportunity to pursue a master's for free as well is probably not a bummer to Ricardo.
Thanks for everything, good luck and Go Blue.
Completely agree with those commenting that being a part of the team and earning his degree counts as a success. My first thought when reading the post title was, unfortunately, "Well, I hope that's not one more negative statistic affecting our graduation rate."
How mistaken I was. Earning a degree in 3 years, no matter how much you had in the way of AP credit is a significant accomplishment. He might not have been a playing contributor on the team, but he helped with Michgan's success. It isn't his fault that he was offered the scholarship; the fact that he took it and turned it into a degree and a future, though, is all on him.
This sucks. Thanks for what you've done for Michigan football Ricardo.
While he wasn't as successful on the field as we hoped... I'd say earning a Michigan degree in three years and still having the eligibility to get a free masters degree elsewhere is very successful. Always liked this kid and I wish him luck!
I remember meeting him once with my boy (who got his autograph) at the second RR Spring Game. He gave one of the loudest and most sincere "Go Blue"-s that I can remember. Good kid. Good luck. Go Blue.
Memory lapse and didn't see it overtly mentioned...
Was Ricardo the original Shane Morris? The commit who recruited like a beast? Or was that Jeremy Jackson?
Either way, best of luck and sincere gratitude for all Ricardo has done for the program.
That was Ricardo.
There were rumors that Jeremy Jackson was a soft commit for a while, actually. That rumor seemed odd considering that his dad is the RB coach, but he was supposedly strongly considering trying one of his other options.
I am not a proponent of doing this, but am curious. When your dad is already a coach, what keeps a program from giving the dad a raise instead of the student a scholarship. If the student then "walks on" isn't that like having another scholarship.
Michigan tuition is nothing to sneeze at. That would be one hell of a raise, enough to cause eyebrows to also raise.
Total cost of attendance for an in-state student is about $25K/year. That's a lot, but Fred Jackson earns $205K/year. First of all, Fred could easily afford to pay the tuition out of his salary; second, if Michigan wanted to give him a raise to compensate him, it's not unusual for a football coach to get a 12% raise in one year.
That said, I'm glad we kept it completely above-board and just gave Jeremy a scholarship. One scholarship isn't worth looking skeezy over.
Thanks for the confirmation. So Ricardo is responsible for bringing in a number of our current players. His work on the field may not have achieved his ambitions, but his contribution is being and will continue to be felt.
...meant to be a response to Magnus' response to my first comment...
What a huge bummer. I remember being so excited for him because of his talent and he was so enthusiastic in his recruiting efforts.
He's getting his degree from Michigan though, and at the end of the day that's what really matters. He probably wasn't going to the NFL so he now has a great degree from a great school. Congrats on that, Ricardo. Things didn't turn out like many of us envisioned, but at the end of the day he has a ton to be proud of with finishing his degree in 3 years.
I believe you're either referring to Saginaw High or Arthur Hill.
Edit: sorry this was supposed to be in response to Seth's post regarding the " Saginaw Hill Inkster game"
Good luck Ricardo, all the best in evrything you do. Met him briefly at M's youth camp and he was a class act
Also: yeah, Miller's getting a degree in three years. Good luck to him.
Does this mean you have additional information about his situation? Nothing in the quote in the OP implies that he's gotten his degree already. For one thing, he lists pursuing his political science degree separately from pursuing a masters degree.
Good luck to the kid, at any rate.
Good luck, Dude.
I'm sorry it did not work out. Playing for MI and getting a degree at one of the best poly sci programs in the world seemed like a match made in heaven. May you find your hevaen on earth, in all things. All the best, BM
I wouldn't sign things with my initials if I were you, BlueMarrow.
hardest working kids you will ever meet.
I wish him all the best. He's getting his degree. I'm sure he enjoyed his time in Ann Arbor. Those are the important things. Football's just a game.
I look forward to hearing great things about Miller in the future.
Sad da brother. Wish it would have worked out better, was always excited about your commitment to Michigan. Wish you the best going forward!!!
Good luck, Ricardo. I'll be proud to call you a Michigan alum come this May. Best of luck in your pursuits!
Good luck Ricardo!
One of my favorite players, I followed his recruiting from Florida and Ann Arbor. I spoke with him on Facebook when he was a senior in high school. Real humble guy. I still have him as my 5th receiver in NCAA 13 when I go 5 wide. Good luck Ricardo go blue!
I consider Ricardo Miller a friend and I know he will do great things. I am pretty irritated that anybody would bad mouth him on this board. Internets will be internets I suppose. Ricardo has done nothing, but exactly what the coaches have asked of him at his time at Michigan. Position changes from WR to TE is no small task. It takes body changes, muscle changes, technique (how many WR have the blcoking need to be a successful TE?) and Ricardo did it all with a smile and nothing but the utmost love for Michigan Football. Great kid and I know he will do great things at his next stop. I am sad to see him go, but he deserves the chance to play the game he loves or possibly to just move on with his life past the game.
great team mate. Good luck in all future endeavors.
Since it appears he will graduate in May, does he count as a grad-level transfer, eligible to play next season without taking a year off to redshirt?
Degree in 3 years? Good for him.
and didn't play sports. It was a heck of a challenge. To get your degree three years while playing football is a very impressive achievement.
Good luck Ricardo.
Congrats to Ricardo on his degree and thank you for his part in Michigan football. While not all players get the playing time they want, anyone who has played team sports knows that the guys who aren't on the field are vital to any team's success.
I wish Ricardo the best and hope to see him playing football somewhere soon.
Good luck to Ricardo, wherever he ends up. Completing a degree at Michigan in three years is certainly impressive!
Thank you for your contribution to this program.
Good Luck in all you do Ricardo. A true Michigan Man. Has anyone heard anything New on Gareon Conley is he still a commit or did Hoke and Co pull the Scholey?
He's still committed.
Do we know if he has talked to the coaches about his desire to do officials at OHIO and Oregon?
Good luck to him. Sad to see him go, but happy to hear he is focusing on his education.