Pace considering other options

Miami (FL) Central linebacker/defensive end Miles Pace committed to UCF this summer, but is keeping his recruiting options open. Pace, one of the Top 80 prospects in Florida, continues to receive interest from several programs and received a visit from Louisville last week.

Miami (FL) Central linebacker/defensive end Miles Pace committed to UCF this summer, but is keeping his recruiting options open.

Pace, one of the Top 80 prospects in Florida, continues to receive interest from several programs, including Louisville, South Florida, Clemson, Marshall and Florida.

"There are some schools still recruiting me like Louisville, South Florida and Marshall, and Florida a little bit," Pace said. "I'm still open. It's a verbal commitment [UCF]. I haven't signed any papers to go there yet."

Two of Pace's Miami Central teammates – OL John Miller and WR Charles Gaines – have committed to play for Louisville next season. Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt paid the trio a recruiting visit last week and expressed the Cardinals interest in him.

"Coach Hurtt has been asking me when I'm going to come up there and visit them on an official visit," Pace said. "He was down the other day talking about the ups and downs up there and how they've got to get better on both sides of the ball. He said they're interested in me and want me to play the FOX [defensive end]. They think I'm a good fit for their program."

Pace, 6'1, 245, said he plans to visit Louisville next month.

"I'm going to schedule it soon, probably in October," Pace said. "It's going to be a good experience to get the opportunity to go up there and see the atmosphere and environment."

Pace, who claims offers from Louisville, USF, Clemson, Marshall and FIU, projects as a middle linebacker or defensive end in college.

"[College coaches] want me to play like a defensive end and possibly drop back to outside linebacker," Pace said. "I'm playing a little bit of both this year. My strengths are that I can get after the quarterback and stop the run. I have a bunch of sacks. The last game I had about four sacks, and the first game I had about four. My quickness off the ball helps me get to the quarterback."

Pace said academics and finding a fit relatively close to home will be factors in his college decision.

"I don't want to stay close, but I don't want to be too far from home so I can be able to come back and see my family," Pace said. "The overriding factor in my decision is going to be academics."


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