Maryland is still looking to add offensive linemen to its 2014 recruiting class, and although the likes of former commit Jared Cohen (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.) and Damian Prince (Bishop McNamara/Forestville, Md.) are still on the board, the Terps have identified another possible candidate. Earlier this week, UMD extended a verbal to Flowery Branch (Ga.) tackle Andrew Miles, a 6-foot-4, 280-pounder who has started to generate FBS interest.
"Coach [Lyndon] Johnson from Maryland called me last week and said he watched Andrew's film and really liked him," Flowery Branch head coach Chris Griffin said. "Then I got another call on Monday [Jan. 13] that Maryland's staff had evaluated him and wanted to offer. It was quite a nice surprise for Andrew."
Griffin went on to say that Johnson was impressed by how athletic Miles was for his size, how his grades are in order and just his all-around ability. The Flowery Branch coach said Johnson believes Miles has a high ceiling and will provide good depth as the Terps head into the Big Ten.
"When I told Andrew about [the offer] he was absolutely excited. He was thrilled," Griffin said. "Maryland is actually coming down Friday to meet with him. It's still early in the process, so Andrew is still learning what their expectations are and what Maryland is all about, but he was definitely excited to get a major offer from a school like Maryland that's going to the Big Ten."
Griffin said Miles will "probably" officially visit College Park, Md., in the next couple weeks. He acknowledged his big lineman has a few other trips lined up, but that may change after meeting with UMD's coaches Friday.
There's also a possibility Miles could pull in a few more offers. He's currently committed to Western Carolina, but he has Division I scholarships from Marshall, Air Force and now UMD.
"There's so many schools looking at him now I can't even tell you the whole list," Griffin said. "He was actually committed to UAB at one point, and technically he's now committed to Western Carolina, but he's looking around. There's a lot of I-AA offers, and as far as BCS or Division I schools he's got a few on the table now.
"A lot of [larger] schools have called about him and are still evaluating. So I expect things to pick up and develop in the next week or two for him."
The Flowery Branch coach said Miles has very few obvious flaws in his game. He ended up earning all-region honors this fall and established himself as one of the top linemen in Georgia after flying under the radar before the fall began.
Moreover, Miles, who does not own a cellphone, comes from a humble, hard-working background and is considered a high-character individual.
"Andrew is a big guy, athletic for his size and he's a good all-around blocker and football player," Griffin said. "But the big thing with him are the intangibles. He's a great leader, disciplined, he's very smart, he listens to coaching, he's a high-character kid and he's a real hard-working kid. He's the kind of player programs love to have."
So, what took him so long to start procuring major college interest?
According to Griffin, size is the only factor he could think of. He said Miles is in that "tweener" range between ideal tackle and guard size.
"I think most BCS schools like to get those 6-6 kids at tackle, but Andrew is right below that at 6-4. He's just a tad below what a lot of bigger schools want," Griffin said. "But besides that there's not much you can criticize there. He's got the toughness, the skills, the hands, the athleticism. He's a real nice player -- it's just he's not 6-6."
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