CHAMPAIGN — The strong offseason for the Illinois football team continued with the addition of graduate transfer wide receiver A.D. Miller.
Miller is transferring to Illinois from the University of Oklahoma, where he spent four seasons and played three after redshirting in 2017 with an injury. He verbally committed to Illinois in 2014 out of Bishop Dunne High School in Texas, but decommitted and signed with Oklahoma. He has signed a Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid and plans to enroll at the University of Illinois this spring, head coach Lovie Smith announced. Miller is a graduate transfer who will be immediately eligible for one season.
At Oklahoma, he had 21 receptions for 236 yards and four touchdowns in three seasons.
"As his situation changed, A.D. saw an opportunity that was better for him heading into his senior season," Smith said. "This move, like many graduate transfers, is a chance to hit the restart button at a place he is already familiar with and a spot where he can contribute immediately. As I've gotten to talk to and know A.D., I have no doubt he will be a positive addition as a player and as a leader for our team."
Miller was a consensus three-star recruit out of Dallas' Bishop Dunne, with offers from the Illini, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and others. He had over 1,500 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns in his final two prep seasons.
Bishop Dunne is the home of two current Illini freshmen: Offensive lineman Kievan Myers and defensive lineman Calvin Avery.
Miller is the second transfer to sign a Big Ten Tender with Illinois along with former Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas.
It's another piece to an offseason that figures to bring an influx of talent for Smith, who will enter his fourth season as head coach. Illinois signed a small, but strong, recruiting class during the early signing period and landed a verbal commitment from four-star linebacker Shammond Cooper last week. Cooper will be eligible to sign his National Letter of Intent during National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Tight end Luke Ford, the top player in Illinois in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports, and a native of Carterville, announced his intent to transfer to Illinois last week. Both Ford and Thomas will file waivers to be eligible immediately. If those are not granted, both players will have to sit out a season, per NCAA transfer rules.