Standout Rush End Catches Devils' Eye

Top flight defensive ends are always at a premium during the recruiting season. Following a junior season stats that included 79 tackles and 11 quarterback sacks, Lawrence Miles become one of those coveted pass rush specialists. Thus, Arizona State and several other Pac-10 schools have been knocking on his door. DevilsDigest talked to Miles about the recruiting process and his list of favorites.

Miles hasn't had much in-person contact with Dirk Koetter and his staff, but that hasn't tempered his interest in the Sun Devils. "I talked on the phone with them a few times, but I haven't gone out there yet. I think I'm gonna take a trip there this year. I do like them, but I haven't had a chance to meet the coaches or see the school."

He lists ASU as well as both L.A. schools as his favorites, however the later programs haven't offered him a scholarship. "A lot of Pac-10 schools have offered me…Oregon, Oregon State, Washington…" In an interview to Bruin Report Online.com he lists Penn State as a school he would love to hear from, and possibly take a visit despite the long distance form his hometown. Overall, he doesn't mind the recruiting attention he's been receiving. "Recruiting has been fine. It hasn't been that busy, but I know it will pick up a lot later."

The 6-2 258 Miles, with double digit sacks and all, surprisingly states that he needs: "To work on my pass rush…I'm quick off the ball, and I'm good against the run." Even though he plays on the offensive line in high school, he has no problem being recruited exclusively at defensive end. "Most schools are recruiting me for defense line. I don't care if I play tackle or guard."

As with most coveted recruits, one should not expect an early verbal commitment from the defensive end. "I do want to take all my trips. I'm not gonna make a decision before the season is over. I want to make sure I'm making the right choice." Miles indicated that he carries a 2.4 GPA, and he hasn't taken the SAT.

La Quinta HS in California brings back bitter memories to Sun Devil fans. A couple of years ago, running back Frederic Collins decommitted to ASU, and chose San Diego State staging a signing day shocker. One can hope that following this incident; ASU is due for some good news from this high school. Landing Lawrence Miles could be sweet redemption, and add a quality player in an area of great need.

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