Rios, ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2007, thought it was just the right time to make a decision. In fact, he's about to become the Canes best recruiter.
"I can try to help recruit players for the future," Rios said. "I think we've got a chance to have players come in and play for the U of M and [having good players] will help my future too."
Rios' future is pretty bright. After a sophomore season in which he shot over 40% from behind the arc and pumped in 25.5 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds a game, there's a lot to be excited about if you're a Miami fan.
Rios feels like the basketball landscape of the entire city is changing and he wants to be a part of it. "The Heat is making an impact with Shaq and Wade and now when you say Miami you can talk about Frank Haith too. He's a great coach and a great friend.
"Miami right now is hot. The Heat are coming up and doing real well. When people think about Miami they think about the beaches and the Heat. Now you can think of UM too."
Rios said that he liked Duke and Louisville as well. However, being close to home really made a difference for him. "There's a lot of pride," Rios said. "I want to stay home to be loyal to the fans and loyal to Miami. I have a lot of family here that can see me."
Rios respected the fact that Miami gave him his first offer and that Haith was always doing his best to recruit him. "Every time I've gone by to visit him he's had his doors open for me. He was the coach that gave me my first offer."
Rios' first order of business as a recruiter won't take him too far from home. Junior power forward Dwayne Collins, also a member of the Miami Senior contingent, is a priority for Rios.
"We've been together for five years now and every year it gets better and better," Rios said of Collins.
Rios' father compares him to another lefty in Kenny Anderson but the guard has his own ideas of who he plays like. "I'm kind of a tweener between a Sebastian [Telfair] and a [Darius Washington]. My charm is like Sebastian and my game and style are more like a D-Wash."
And now that game and style are headed to Coral Gables where Rios hopes to be the recruit who sets the wheels in motion for some big recruiting efforts by the Hurricanes staff.