Three-star Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Antoine Miles did not leave Lexington having given the Wildcats a verbal commitment over the weekend, but he said Kentucky has "set the bar really high" for the other schools recruiting him.
"Honestly, I came very close to committing while I was there," Miles said. "I really did. It was probably one of the most fun times I've had in my life, and the coaches and players down there made me feel like I was already part of the team. It was just a great experience."
So what kept the 6-foot-3, 265-pound Miles from pulling the trigger?
"It was my first visit," he said. "I had never been on an official visit before, so I didn't have anything to compare it to. I decided I needed to go back home, take my other visit, and have something to compare it to. But like I said, Kentucky set the bar really high."
Miles, who originally committed to Nebraska but re-opened his recruitment when the Cornhuskers' Vince Marrow took a position on Mark Stoops' new UK staff, has an official visit scheduled for Purdue this weekend. He is also considering a trip to West Virginia on January 25.
"After my Purdue visit, I may be ready to decide," he said. "I won't go all the way up to signing day."
Asked about some of the highlights from his UK visit, Miles said:
"I had a real good time with the players," he said. "Za'Darius Smith was my host. He's a D-End from East Mississippi (Community College) who just signed with them. We were talking about his recruitment and why he chose Kentucky. He had a bunch of other good schools recruiting him, but told me the reason he went with Kentucky was he had total faith in the coaches that they were going to do big things. He played for coach (Jimmy) Brumbaugh at East Mississippi, and he said he can teach me a lot about being a better D-End."
He said a group of defensive recruits sat down with Brumbaugh to go over the new UK scheme and talk about their potential roles. "It was good. I liked what they were saying about how we could come in and help them put a strong defense on the field."
Miles was also impressed by the fan support the Wildcats receive. He got a taste of that during the Kentucky-Texas A&M basketball game on Saturday at Rupp Arena.
"It was really cool," he said. "They had my picture on a poster with my name on it and started chanting my name. I went over and said, "You know me?" (Laughs) It was great."
Miles is coming off a senior season at McKinley which saw him record 63 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He was a second-team All-Ohio selection.
Kentucky visit impresses Ohio D-End
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