Ricky Miller Has Clear Leader, Could Commit Soon

The standout tailback/linebacker from Tustin, Ricky Miller, said that coaches from one school are coming to see his game on Friday and that if they offered him, he'd commit...

Ricky Miller, 6-3, 225, Tustin (Calif.) High, might be making a commitment soon.

Miller had said previously that he'd commit to the first school among UCLA, USC or Washington that offered him. Miller backed off of that statement a bit yesterday, but did say that USC is now his leader and that, if they offered this week, he'd commit. "USC is coming to my game Friday night," Miller said. "Coach [Ed] Orgeron said that if I have a good game, they'd offer on the spot. If they offer, I'd commit."

Miller said USC is his favorite right now because the USC "coaches were real personable" and he "clicked real well with them." Miller explained how, as either a running back or a linebacker, USC has told them that both are a position of need for the Trojans and he would then "fit in well" there. "[USC Head] Coach [Pete] Carroll said he'd like me at tailback, and that's why I like USC. I'd play either position, but if it were my choice, I'd play tailback."

Miller, in his first game last Friday, ran for 170 yards on 17 carries. He said his coach has told him they'd like to get the ball in his hands 30 times a game, and he's looking forward to a 30-carry-plus game. "I want to play as much as possible. But if I only get a few carries, that's fine. I played tailback and only a little bit of linebacker last week. I'd like to play more, but if the team needs me for just offense, I'm willing to sacrifice."

After Miller made the statement in June that he'd commit to the first among UCLA, USC or Washington that offered, he's reconsidered a bit. "My mother and I had a conversation, and thought about it a bit. That's really not how it is now. I'd like to take some trips. I'd like to trip to those three, plus maybe Washington state and an Oregon school. But if USC offered after the game this week, I think I'd have to accept. If UCLA or Washington offered, I'd think about it a bit." He's also considering Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Fresno State.

Miller said he was going to attend the UCLA/ASU game on Saturday before it was postponed.

Academically, Miller said he has a 2.6 GPA, but is "working really hard to boost that," he said. He'll take the SAT in October.


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