Big-time wideout picks Illini
A.D. Miller had an inkling after his second visit to Illinois on May 31 he would find himself back in Champaign-Urbana.
“I’ve been leaning on Illinois for about the past month,” the Class of 2015 wide receiver prospect from Dallas said on Saturday night. “My mom came on that visit, and after I let my mom see it, she was saying that this was the best place for me. My dad felt the same way.”
So did the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Miller.
The three-star recruit orally committed to Illinois on Saturday night, bypassing offers from several other Big Ten and Pac-12 schools.
Miller had whittled down his list of 26 offers to Illinois, Arizona State and California.
In the end, the Illini won out.
“It’s the right place to be for me,” Miller said. “They’ve got everything I was looking for in a college, which was the academics, the family environment, a great coaching staff and an opportunity to play early. I just wanted to go ahead and make it official, so I did.”
Miller sported offers from Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska, along with Miami, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Tennessee and Washington, among others.
Miller — who said he does not plan to enroll early at Illinois — collected 34 receptions for 482 yards last season and 10 touchdowns for a Bishop Dunne team that finished 7-5 in 2013.
“I feel I make plays when I get the opportunity,” Miller said. “I can go up and get passes, but I feel I’m a good downfield player who can block and run, too.”
Miller came away impressed with what offensive coordinator Bill Cubit’s unit did last season.
What’s he like about the system?
“Everything,” said Miller, who visited Illinois for the first time during the Illini’s spring game on April 12. “They pass the ball a lot, which I like, and they get you the ball when you feel you need to have. They give everybody the opportunity to make plays.”
Miller is 11th commit overall for Illinois in the Class of 2015 and first wideout, along with being the first player from Texas.
He didn’t shy away from the 4-8 record Illinois produced last season.
“Records don’t mean much to me,” Miller said. “It’s more about the people inside the program.”
Wide receivers coach Mike Bellamy and recruiting coordinator Alex Golesh served as the primary recruiters on Miller.
“Coach Bellamy is a great coach and a great guy,” Miller said. “He talked to me almost every day, and we built a strong connection. He talks about other things, too, with me that weren’t just related to football. He’s just a great person.”
Miller is relieved to have the process behind him now.
And just focus on his senior season at Bishop Dunne before he lands at Illinois.
“The recruiting process has been causing a distraction at times,” Miller said. “I’ve been wanting to focus on my team, and being able to do that now is great.”