Football Adds Michigan Transfer Ricardo Miller
June 5, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts head coach Charley Molnar has announced the addition of Michigan transfer Ricardo Miller to the program. The tight end/wide receiver graduated from Michigan in three years and will be working on a master's degree in education at UMass. A native of Orlando, Fla., Miller played in 14 games for the Wolverines including two against the Minutemen. Because he earned his undergraduate degree, Miller will be immediately eligible for the 2013 season.
"Ricardo has a great attitude and natural leadership ability. He lights up the room when he walks in and has already made friends with most of the upperclassmen on the team," said Molnar who enters his second year as head coach. "He is a hybrid type of athlete with the speed to stretch a defense vertically as evident by his recruitment by Michigan as a wide receiver. He's big enough and strong enough to play tight end so he will be a dual-purpose player for us."
This past season, Miller played in the first five games of the year on special teams including the Sept. 15 meeting against UMass. In 2011, he was an Academic All-Big Ten member after appearing in eight games as a member of the Sugar Bowl Champion squad. He made his collegiate debut in 2010 in UMass' first-ever game at Michigan.
Miller is a 2009 graduate of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor where he led the school to the state playoffs as a senior. He had previously attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando from 2006-08 where he was the Student-Athlete of the Year prior to transferring to Pioneer.
As a senior at Pioneer, Miller had 35 receptions for 669 yards and 10 touchdowns earning him all-state accolades. As a junior at Dr. Phillips, the wide receiver caught 34 passes for 615 yards and eight touchdowns.
Miller was a three-star recruit and rated as the 12th-best player in Michigan, according to Rivals.com in 2009. The website also rated him as the No. 66 wide receiver in the nation that year. Scout.com had him pegged as a four-star prospect and the nation's No. 27 wide receiver.
UMass benefited from the one-time transfer exception process in 2012, its first season at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, with Michael Cox (Michigan), Deion Walker (Notre Dame) and Hafis Williams (Notre Dame) all playing major roles. The process helped Cox, who was the Minutemen's leading rusher last season, be picked up by the New York Giants in this past April's NFL Draft.