Atlanta Carver High athlete Darren Myles has seen his list of suitors expand in recent weeks. One of his most recent offers came from the University of Michigan and the Peach State star is thrilled by the Wolverines’ interest. However, he hasn’t yet determined how prominently he fits into their plans.
“I have not has a chance to speak with (LB Coach Jay Hopson) yet because I have been busy with track,” Myles explained. “I am sure we will talk soon.”
“We are definitely going to talk with them,” added his father and coach, Darren Sr., “we have just been playing phone tag.”
Standing 6-3 and weighing in at 190 pounds, Myles was the definition of versatility for his team safety last year, having lined up at safety, wide receiver, and even quarterback. He racked up 353 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, was 2/2 through the air with an additional passing touchdown, and hauled in 30 receptions for 212 yards and five touchdowns at receiver. Defensively he recorded 90 tackles, five interceptions, 20 pass breakups, and forced two fumbles. When he moves on to the next level, Myles sees his primary contributions coming on the defensive side of the ball.
“I consider myself a big hitter and I know the game very well,” he said. “I do need to work on opening up my hips more while I am in coverage.”
With nearly 20 offers on the table and more coming by the day, the recruiting process has already started to get a bit daunting. At this point the youngster is content to just take it all in while he gathers more information on all of his suitors.
“Right now I am just trying to enjoy the process, but I am paying attention to colleges with a good business school,” said Myles. “I am considering majoring in business. I will also be looking for a good coach as well as a team that is family oriented and close knit”.
Michigan’s nationally renowned business school could work to its advantage here, but for now Myles is steering clear of naming leaders. He has already made visits to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Georgia and hopes to trip to many more later in the spring. He hopes to be able to make things a bit more manageable at that point.
“We will be cutting down the list,” he said. “I’m just not sure when that will be.”