CHAMPAIGN — The strong offseason for the University of Illinois football team continued Monday with the addition of graduate transfer wide receiver A.D. Miller.
Miller is transferring from Oklahoma, where he spent four seasons and played three after redshirting in 2017 with an injury. He 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 Illinois this spring, head coach Lovie Smith announced. Miller 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."
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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 more than 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, joining former Miami wide receiver Jeff Thomas.
Smith, who will enter his fourth season as head coach, signed a small, but strong, recruiting class during the early signing period. He landed an oral commitment from four-star linebacker Shammond Cooper last week. Cooper will be eligible to sign his national letter of intent 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. Ford and Thomas will file waivers to be eligible immediately. If those are not granted, both will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules.