Virginia DE picks Navy over Big Ten

The Navy staff received a big boost in their recruiting efforts when a heavily recruited defensive end made his choice to be a Midshipman. Look inside to find out more about this huge commmit to Navy.

Navy was the first to offer Reggie Miles from Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton. Despite offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Connecticut, Northwestern, and Purdue, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end decided the Naval Academy was the right place for him to continue playing career.

"I committed over the phone to Coach (Dale) Pehrson," said Reggie Miles. "I've always wanted to be a Marine. Playing for Navy will allow me to do that. I have family that's been in the Navy, Air Force, and the Army. When I went [to Annapolis] for that Florida Atlantic game a couple of weeks ago, I loved the look of the school. It's beautiful. I think Coach Niumatalolo the coaching staff are great people. The players have a strong commitment to what they're doing. I like that they play old fashioned football by running the ball, controlling the clock and playing good defense.

"When Navy offered, they said they liked how I came off the ball low and how well I pursued the ball carrier no matter where the play goes. I think playing for Coach Pehrson is giving me the opportunity to take my game to the next level over the next four years."

In his senior year at C.D. Hylton, Miles helped the Bulldogs to a regional title by playing both defensive end and offensive guard. In their first eleven games, Miles has 51 tackles, five sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries.

"I've definitely improved on my run defense this year. On the offensive side, I'm doing a better job with my hands and getting more extension in my arms. Playing guard has helped a lot with playing defensive end because I'm constantly reminded to come out low throughout the game."

This is Miles second year as a starter at Hylton. They have a big second round meeting with Colonial Forge this Saturday in the Virginia AAA playoffs.

Miles plans on taking an official visit to Annapolis in January. After the season he wants to try soccer in an effort to "get faster" as he prepares himself for basic training and Division 1 football. Miles said it is likely he will attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School in his first year. Top Stories