Columbine High School offensive lineman Ryan Miller on Wednesday made public his verbal commitment to play football at the University of Colorado. Miller, rated a 5-star prospect by Scout.com, had recently visited Notre Dame, but when it came down to it, a family spokesperson said Miller "is Colorado through and through."
had scholarship offers from a who's who list of the top college football programs in the country. The 6-foot-8, 285-pound Miller had said for months, however, his decision was between Colorado and Notre Dame
. Miller took an official visit to South Bend last weekend and came away impressed. However, the Miller family said in a statement released to media Wednesday that "Ryan has decided to stay in Colorado and help build the new CU program under Dan Hawkins
. Ryan sees the vision of Dan Hawkins and can't wait to be a part of it. He is Colorado through and through. … He believes he can make the most difference spending the next phase of his life right here in the mountains"
The statement expressed gratitude to both the Colorado and Notre Dame coaches and staffs.
"Our family wants to let the coaches and staff of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado know how honored and impressed we are by the entire ND and CU programs and families," it reads. "We can honestly say that the short time spent during our official visits with everyone at ND and CU have changed our lives and challenged us to raise our expectations of ourselves."
Miller had earlier said he would make his announcement public at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio in January, but he had a change of heart.
"This is one of the hardest decisions we have ever made and we feel we owe it to everyone involved to make an early commitment," the statement read.
Miller becomes the seventh offensive lineman in CU's growing class.