University of Michigan fans are always looking for the next great wide receiver. Ann Arbor has been home to some truly ones over the past three decades, in guys like Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, Derrick Alexander, Amani Toomer, David Terrell, Braylon Edwards and Mario Manningham.
In spite of switching to a pass-heavy spread offense with the arrival of former coach Rich Rodriguez, Michigan has come up dry in finding the next great Wolverine playmaker since Manningham declared for the NFL Draft in 2008.
With Brady Hoke bringing a more conventional pro-style offense back to Ann Arbor, Michigan fans everywhere are hoping to see the next great University of Michigan receiver on campus by next year.
Could Vero Beach High School student Charlie Miller be that next great receiver for the Wolverines?
Down in Vero Beach, FL, an hour north of where the legendary Carter played his high school football in Rivera Beach, is a receiver prospect who until now has flown completely under the radar.
Nine months ago, Charlie Miller was just a basketball player. Well, he wasn't just a basketball player. Averaging 20 PTS, 4 REB and 3 STL per contest from his point guard position, he was the Vero Beach High School's very best player. With his 40" vertical leap, Miller could dunk with authority and with 4.4 speed in the 40, he was always the fastest player on the court.
When the high school's new football coach Lenny Jankowski got a look at him in the middle of basketball season, all he could see was the next great Vero Beach High School Football prospect. Three games into the regular season, it appears Jankowski was right.
Miller has 351 yards receiving and 2 TDs so far on just 12 catches, as well as a 55-yard PR TD. Jankowski, an old friend of Wisconsin Coach Bret Bielema, put the Badgers on notice after coaching Miller through the spring and through summer 7-on-7 games against Palm Beach Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central and other state-ranked Florida programs.
"I got on the phone with Coach Bielema and told him he needed to take a look at Charlie," Jankowski said. "Coach told me he just had the top receiver on his board into Madison for a visit and I stopped him. I told him that I wasn't sure who was the top receiver on his board, but I knew Charlie was better."
Wisconsin saw Miller's film and invited him up for a visit immediately. Apparently Bielema sees some Lee Evans in the young receiver. Knowing what Evans did to Michigan when he was a Badger, do the Wolverines want Miller in Madison for the next four years?
Michigan needs to get a coach down to Vero Beach as soon as possible to get Miller an offer, because he won't be a secret for long.