Soquel High baseball star Troy Miller, who de-committed from Saint Mary’s College at the beginning of the summer, solidified his college plans on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound right-handed pitcher verbally committed to the University of Michigan, a day after taking an unofficial visit to the Ann Arbor campus.
“University of Michigan is top 20 in the world academically,” Miller said. “And athletically, you can’t get much better. A lot of people don’t know this, but they have the fourth all-time winningest baseball program in the nation behind LSU, USC and Texas.”
Miller has several relatives in Michigan, including both sets of grandparents and an uncle. His father, Don, and mother, Gretchen, graduated from Michigan State.
“It’s a little sad for them,” Miller said of attending MSU’s rival, “but they recognize it’s a great program.”
Miller will compete for the Oakland A’s team at the prestigious Area Code Games on Aug. 4–9 at Blair Field in Long Beach with no pressure, though he wants to impress pro scouts in attendance.
“It’s just a dream come true,” he said of securing plans to attend Michigan. “It’s awesome.”
Miller was voted Pitcher of the Year for the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League after helping the Knights earn a share of the regular-season crown with San Lorenzo Valley and Scotts Valley. He was also selected to the Sentinel’s 2014 All-County team.
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