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Nebraska is becoming a force in the Big Ten footprint when it comes to recruiting and particularly in Ohio. Antoine Miles from Canton (Ohio) McKinley picked up a Nebraska offer this morning and committed on the same day sight unseen. Miles becomes the fifth player in the 2013 class for Nebraska from Ohio. Nebraska got some good news today on the same day that they were extending an offer to Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Antonie Miles. Miles said that he met with his recruiting coach today from Nebraska and accepted the offer shortly after.
"I just got the offer today," Miles said. "I was pretty tight with Cincinnati, I was set, all I had to do was commit. Their class filled up for this year and they pulled their offer.
"I had a couple of teams in mind after that happened and Nebraska was at the top of that list of the teams recruiting me. When they offered me, I knew that was what I wanted to do, so I took it and ran with it."
Miles had never met Coach Marrow before today, but says that he was very comfortable talking with his recruiting coach from Nebraska. Miles said that it was comforting knowing that both he and Coach Marrow were from Ohio and that there was a number of players already on the team and committed from Ohio as well.
"Today was my first time to meet him. He seems like a nice guy, a humble guy, and I know that we both come from Ohio. Nebraska has an Ohio connection going on there now too.
"Coach Marrow let me know that he's all for Ohio players at Nebraska. I felt comfortable as far as his support and I feel like he's a guy that will look out for me while I am there. Plus there are plenty of players from Ohio as well as the recruiting class coming in and that help too."
It was a day that started out with good news about a Big Ten offer from Nebraska and got better with Miles committing to Nebraska. Miles says that this moment is about the hard work that he has put in and he's tremendously proud to have the opportunity to play D-I ball at Nebraska.
"There was a lot of excitement by my family and friends," said Miles. "My mom thought it was too far away, but I told her that I would be alright. Everyone is proud of me. I have worked very hard to get where I am at and am very proud to commit to Nebraska."
One question that a lot of people have had was where was Miles recruited to play. That was a big part of Miles decision as well and it was a question that he had for Coach Marrow. He got the answer that he wanted too.
"When I talked to Coach Marrow I asked him where they were recruiting me to play, because that was a big part of my decision, and he told me that they liked me on the outside. If I put on some pounds and can move inside then I definitely will."
Miles thinks the best fit for him at the next level is at the defensive end position - the ability to be quick off of the football. He feels he's a a balanced defensive end against both the run and the pass.
"I think that the defensive end position is the right spot for me in college. I have a quick reaction, I am quick off of the ball, I have good hands and I think that I am a pretty balanced defensive end against the pass and the run."
All of this is happening pretty fast for Miles who says that he is planning on taking an official visit to Nebraska next weekend.
"The plan is for me to go to Nebraska for my official visit next week. I need to talk that over with Coach Marrow though," said the senior.
Nebraska plucked their fifth commitment from the state of Ohio in Miles joining Marcus McWilson and Courtney Love from Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney, Greg Hart from Kettering (Ohio) Alter and Kevin Gladney from Akron (Ohio) Firestone.
"I had offers from Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Kent State, Bowling Green, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. I was getting a lot of interest from Louisville, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and a lot of other schools."