Schyler Miles was a big win for the Kansas Jayhawks in more ways than one. Not only was Head Coach Charlie Weis in desperate need of fresh talent on the defensive side of the ball, but by beating out home state Florida and conference foe West Virginia for his services, Weis served notice that his recruiting abilities were still a force to be reckoned with even without the power of the Golden Dome at his back.
At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Miles may not be quite as big as a traditional 4-3 middle linebacker, but he makes up for it with his quickness, strength and - above all - his fundamentals. Miles is as sure a tackler as exists in the high school ranks, always making the right read, rarely taking false steps and always wrapping up the ball carrier. His athleticism makes him a capable defender against the pass as well, which will serve him well in the spread-happy world of Big 12 football.
It's unclear whether or not he'll start immediately - nothing will be given without earning it first under Weis, and fifth-year transfer Anthony McDonald, as well as existing roster players such as Darius Willis, will likely have something to say about it.
But Miles has made it clear he intends to see the field this season and it's hard to envision a scenario in which he's not a part of the rotation in some capacity.
Courtney Arnick - OLB - Needs time in the weight room with strength coach Scott Holsopple but his speed and quickness are top shelf. Will be an impact player down the line.
Greg Allen - CB - Houston product will definitely be a part of the rotation at CB. One of the fastest athletes in the state of Texas with nice size and a frame built to add more weight. Will be fun to watch.