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Star receiver Shawn Miller commits to Illinois over Arizona Wildcats
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Star receiver Shawn Miller commits to Illinois over Arizona Wildcats

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Shawn Miller won’t be returning to Arizona, after all.

Miller, a three-star Class of 2022 wide receiver and Scottsdale native, committed to Illinois over Arizona on Saturday evening in a live video stream on his Instagram account.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Miller — not to be confused with Sean Miller, who was Arizona’s basketball coach for more than a decade before being fired in April — also considered Indiana, Michigan State, West Virginia, Arizona State, Miami and North Carolina State. He’s rated by 247Sports.com as the 68th-best wide receiver in the ‘22 recruiting cycle.

Though it missed out on Miller, the Wildcats have in-state commitments from former Scottsdale Saguaro teammate Tristan Monday, an edge rusher, as well as from Chandler Hamilton defensive end Russell “Deuce” Davis, offensive lineman Grayson Stovall and Chandler defensive tackle Isaiah Johnson.

Miller was a standout for the Sabercats before transferring to nationally known IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, in April 2020.

“While this is only high school to some, to me it’s an opportunity to compete at the highest level away from home and family knowing this has the impact generations down the road,” Miller said in a social media post then.

Miller told the Sports Muse Podcast in December: “I just felt like I was going to go farther along in my career being here at IMG than staying home. I was just going to get great coaching and more exposure at IMG.”

IMG Academy plays against some of the top programs nationally, including opponents in Texas, Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio. Last season, IMG Academy had two games featured on ESPN. In six games with IMG Academy in 2020, Miller hauled in 12 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns.

Miller is off the board, but the Wildcats are still in contention to land Tetairoa “T-Mac” McMillan of Southern California power Anaheim Servite. McMillan’s teammate, quarterback Noah Fifita, is committed to the UA for 2022. The Wildcats are also targeting Servite’s four-star tight end Keyan Burnett, son of ex-Wildcat Chester Burnett.

Contact sports producer Justin Spears at 573-4312 or

jspears@tucson.com. On Twitter: @JustinESports


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Justin writes stories and produces digital content about UA football and basketball and high school football. A Tucson native, Justin graduated from the UA in 2017 and is the host of the Wildcast Podcast and a radio host on ESPN Tucson.

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