Miles Is Next At McKinley

Canton McKinley is looked at as one of the more storied programs in Ohio, known for producing top football talent. In the past two years, both Steve Miller and Se'Von Pittman were ranked among the top defensive ends in the country. Next in line for the Bulldogs is 2013 prospect Antoine Miles, and he gets his chance to shine this coming season.

If the look test means anything, and it certainly does to college recruiters, Antoine Miles aces that test with ease, as the Canton McKinley defensive end looks the part. At 6-foot-3, 250-pounds, Miles gets the first shot at replacing Steve Miller for the Bulldogs.

Miles will combine with four-star prospect Se'Von Pittman as bookend defensive ends for Canton McKinley this season, and head coach Ron Johnson is high on his youngster.

"Just like we told you about Stevie and Se'Von as sophomores, you need to need keep a close watch on Antoine Miles," Johnson stressed. "He played a little bit last year when Stevie was injured, and he did really well. He will be the starter this season, and I look for the same production we got from the other two. Antoine has the same ceiling as Se'Von or Stevie."

Those are certainly big shoes to fill, but Miles appears to be mentally ready to accept that challenge. There isn't much doubt he is physically ready.

"I think I played well last year when Steve was hurt, because I had all week to prepare," Miles stated. "Steve and Se'Von were in my head all week getting me ready to go, and I played as hard as I could because I didn't want to let those guys down."

"I was nervous when I first got out there, but I settled down and gave it all I had," he added. "We won the game against Boardman, and that's all I care about. They kept telling me my time was now, and I followed exactly what my coaches told me to do."

With Miller now departed, having taken his talents to Ohio State, Miles knows he has a great opportunity before him.

"With Steve gone, I know I need to uphold the tradition of Canton McKinley," he admitted. "These two guys have taken me under their wings, and they are like big brothers to me. Hard work is all I know, because they've taught me so much and they're my role models."

"I want to play college football some day, but I don't really have a favorite school," he continued. "I want to play well enough to earn that type of attention, like Steve and Se'Von have. If I'm lucky enough to be recruited by schools like Ohio State or Michigan, I would consider it a blessing."

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