Just three days after committing to Nebraska, Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Catholic high school fullback Ben Miles says life hasn’t changed much.
“My life has a few more Twitter followers, but day-to-day nothing has changed for me since Sunday,” said Miles in a conversation with Big Red Report. “It’s nice to get the decision out of the way, so I can focus on the task in front of me.”
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The fullback has become a lost art in college football, but Nebraska wasn’t afraid to go to Andy Janovich last year. They seem similar characteristics in Miles. Despite Nebraska’s long standing tradition of snagging fullbacks from the walk-on classes and then giving the best guy a scholarship, the Huskers, along with LSU and Boston College, felt Miles was worthy of a four-year free ride.
“If you are going to roll with four receivers and never have a fullback in, then a person saying fullbacks shouldn’t get scholarships is right,” said Miles. “But if you are going to run power football, run a H-back, run a guy who can run, catch and block, then I would say that position is going to be an intricate piece of the offense – why wouldn’t he deserve a scholarship at that point?”
The son of LSU head coach Les Miles, Ben visited the Huskers during the Red-White spring game.
“Getting away and doing my own thing was definitely something I always wanted to do,” said Miles, picking the Huskers over an offer from dad. “That doesn’t lead me straight to Nebraska, but they contacted me and offered me a scholarship. When you get offered by Nebraska, it is something you have to look into because of the tradition and football there. I thought it was a good fit for me.
Miles joins a list of recent commitments who have strong football backgrounds. Keyshawn Johnson Jr’s dad played for Mike Riley at USC and then was a Pro Bowl receiver. J.D. Spielman, who the Huskers signed in the 2016 class, is the son of Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Recent Nebraska commit Robert Porcher’s father played in the NFL.
“I can’t speak for those other guys, but I know if my family wasn’t going to sign off on the head coach, I wasn’t going to go play for him,” said Miles. “I think Mike Riley is a coach who’s been in the business for a long time. His staff has a lot of talent and in different levels of football.
“And as a man, you aren’t going to find a better man than Riley. If you are going to go somewhere two-plane rides away, you better be playing for a good guy. “