Miller Set for Ann Arbor Move

It is official. Ricardo Miller will be at Ann Arbor Pioneer this year. Formerly at Orlando Dr. Phillips, Miller will be playing across from the Big House this year, readying himself to be a Wolverine for the four years afterwards.

After months of deliberation and careful planning, Ricardo Miller has decided to attend Ann Arbor Pioneer this fall. Miller is leaving Orlando Dr. Phillips with his family and spending his senior season at Pioneer, giving them another outstanding weapon at wide receiver.

"I picked Pioneer because I thought it would be a school that's academically sound," he explained, "They have courses and stuff I need to graduate and get to Michigan early. Plus, my mom likes the area, so whatever makes her happy, I'm going to do it."

Miller played in a spread at Dr. Phillips, will do it again at Pioneer and then at Michgan. The style of offense is among the other reasons he chose the school.

"I feel comfortable being around Coach Gold. He is looking out for my interest and the team's interest. On offense, they are putting me everywhere on the field, which I'm looking forward to doing. I want to explore my talents more than I did previously. I also feel comfortable with the other weapons, Brandis Yarrington, Greg Goss, two other receivers who are good, along with the quarterback we have."

Pioneer has a few interesting games on their schedule. They open on August 29th against Inkster, in the Big Prep Showdown at Eastern Michgan. Inkster of course features quarterback Devin Gardner, who is also committed to the Wolverines.

"Devin, he talks crap to me every day," Miller said laughing, "He says ‘we're going to whoop you guys and you're not going to get a single reception on us.' I know he's joking, but that will be the most fun game we have. Me and Devin, we joke around. He says he's a better receiver than me, I say I can throw better than him. That will be fun having that first game at EMU, there will be lots of people at that."

The cross-town rivalry with Ann Arbor Huron will also allow Miller to see a future teammate in River Rats' receiver Jeremy Jackson. Huron was one of the schools Miller considered before settling on Pioneer.

"Well, Jeremy, still wants me to come to Huron, but I know I'm going to Pioneer. We're still cool, I talk to him still. It's going to be fun to see what happens with me and him, actually, with him at Huron and me at Pioneer. It will be fun to see who's going to shine more."

Of course, the crisp fall air and the bitter winters in Ann Arbor are a far cry from the tropical climate in Orlando, but Miller is actually welcoming the switch in temperature.

"People think that just because I'm a Florida boy, that I'm not used to the heat. I'm originally from Flint, so it's not something that's new to me. I know the cold and as long as I bundle up pretty good amd drink hot cocoa before every game, I'll be alright."

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