UNC Offers Visiting Ga. DB

Donnie Miles left North Carolina this past weekend with a new scholarship offer.

"Coach [Deke] Adams was telling me that they would really like me to come up and I would possibly be offered," Miles said. "And they offered me on the visit.

"It felt great [to get the offer], because when I was up there it felt like a college town. It had a lot of history. So I'm pretty excited."

Miles, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound athlete from Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett, also holds scholarship offers from Duke and Tennessee.

Heading into the UNC trip, Miles listed Tennessee as his favorite school. At the very least, this past weekend's visit has forced him to consider making a verbal commitment.

"I think I'm close to making a decision, because I've been to the campuses I wanted to see," Miles said. "I could make a decision sometime this week or it could come in a few weeks."

Miles won't reveal what school he's leaning towards or which schools are his finalists.

"After I talk to the coaches and everything, everybody will know," Miles said. "I want to talk it over with my parents. When I make the decision, I'm done."

UNC is recruiting Miles, who has played every skill position for North Gwinnett accumulating two interceptions and 1,000 yards of offense as a junior, as a defensive back.

"They mentioned free safety, strong safety, corner, and ‘Ram,'" Miles said. "I'm fine with [being recruited like that]. I just have to adjust to where they want me. I've been doing it in high school – last year I played a different position almost every game. Wherever they want me, I'll adjust to it."

On Friday morning, Miles arrived in Chapel Hill accompanied by his parents. He remained on campus until Saturday evening.

Upon his arrival, Miles was greeted by Adams, his primary recruiter, and Marcus Berry, Director of Player Personnel. Shortly thereafter, Berry escorted Miles to the business school (Miles plans to major in business).

Afterwards, Miles was introduced to Dan Disch, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach. Miles then sat in on a defensive backs meeting and then watched the Tar Heels' spring practice.

"I can see that everybody loves it and everybody is a family," Miles said. "It was the most energetic place that I've been to, so far."

Following practice, Miles met back up with Berry and toured the football facilities. The following morning, Miles was given a full campus tour.

"It was a top notch campus," Miles said. "I think it would be a great place to go get a degree, especially a business degree. I liked how active the campus was – I've never been somewhere where there were people everywhere."

Miles concluded his stay with a meeting with head coach Larry Fedora, which is where his UNC offer was extended.

"He just told me when it comes to making a decision to go somewhere that makes me happy," Miles said. "He said, ‘Don't even think about football. When you go to a place make sure you enjoy your time there.' He said, ‘If you think about it, everybody talks about their stadiums, but you only play there six-seven days out of the year. What are you going to do the next 359 days?' That really got to me and had me thinking a lot."

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