Ricardo Miller Leaves Team

Submitted by Brian on November 6th, 2012 at 6:20 PM

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.


gpsimms not to…

November 6th, 2012 at 7:52 PM ^

Sad to see him go.  He is the type of kid we want at Michigan.  Amazing accomplishment to graduate in three years while playing a DI sport.

Hopefully we recruit a lot more young men like him.


November 6th, 2012 at 7:56 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 8:04 PM ^

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. 


November 6th, 2012 at 8:08 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 8:36 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 8:46 PM ^

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.

Cville Blue

November 6th, 2012 at 8:58 PM ^

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!


November 6th, 2012 at 9:10 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 9:54 PM ^

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.




November 6th, 2012 at 10:03 PM ^

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.

Ali G Bomaye

November 7th, 2012 at 12:04 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 10:08 PM ^

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.


November 6th, 2012 at 11:00 PM ^

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"


November 6th, 2012 at 11:20 PM ^

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.


November 7th, 2012 at 12:03 AM ^

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


November 7th, 2012 at 1:08 AM ^

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.


November 7th, 2012 at 1:40 AM ^

Can't say anything bad about Ricardo. Recruited his butt off for us and loved the university more then a lot of recruits in recent memory.

Sad that he couldn't get on the field and got pushed to a position where he never really fit in.

Good luck in all of your future endeavors Ricardo. Thanks for all you've out in at our fine institution.


November 7th, 2012 at 2:54 AM ^

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!

His Dudeness

November 7th, 2012 at 8:09 AM ^

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.

Ron Utah

November 7th, 2012 at 10:36 AM ^


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.


November 7th, 2012 at 11:43 AM ^

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.