2011 Intro: Nick Miles

MEBANE, N.C. --- Nick Miles hopes to continue to play defensive end in college. However, with his lack of ideal height, he's going to have to do some convincing.

"He's not as tall as a lot of people would want [at defensive end]," Eastern Alamance head football coach John Kirby said. "But I think he makes up for it with a lot of what's inside the chest area."

Miles, a 6-foot-2, 247-pounder, uses a non-stop motor on the field and an unmatched work ethic off it.

"Nick's motor runs 100 miles-per-hour all the time – whether it's Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and especially on Friday," Kirby said. "He plays hard, he plays with a lot of passion.

"He works extremely hard in the off-season. You could come over here any day of the week and you'll probably find him here doing something, trying to work to get better."

Miles has started at defensive end in Eastern Alamance's 4-4 defense since his sophomore season. He lines up to the quarterback's left and therefore is often on the weak-side.

"He's fast enough to run you down from the backside, but he's also fast enough to take some chances and then still have outside responsibility," Kirby said. "Against Havelock, they threw a little bubble screen. He makes penetration to the quarterback and runs the bubble screen down the line-of-scrimmage."

Last season as Eastern Alamance reached the NCHSAA 3A title game, Miles had a breakout campaign, recording 85 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and a pass breakup. He was named to both the all-conference and all-region teams.

"We felt like he was going to be special, but it just seems like he gets better every game," Kirby said. "When you watch his film and you see him from Day 1 to the end, it's remarkable how much he improves."

Duke is one school that has been able to look past measurables and evaluate Miles purely on what he does on the football field.

"When they were watching on film, they were like ‘Holy cow, this guy's motor runs hard all the time,'" Kirby said.

On Signing Day, Duke became the first – and currently only – school to offer Miles a scholarship.

"[A Duke coach] came to school earlier [in the winter] and said after he saw my film that he was going to give me an offer," Miles said.

Miles believes Wake Forest is close to offering. He's also receiving interest from Illinois, North Carolina, and many of the Ivy League schools.

Most schools have asked Miles to camp this summer. He plans to attend several camps, including Duke's, UNC's, and Wake Forest's.

This spring, Miles attended junior days at Duke and Wake Forest. During the season, he attended football games at Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Miles isn't sure when he'll verbally commit, but admits it could occur before the end of the summer.

"Duke, right now, is my top school," Miles said. "They show a lot of interest and I like that. And they're going to let me play my defensive end position that I would love to play. I like Duke's whole program."

Miles is also strongly considering NC State and Wake Forest.

"[The offer] has a lot to do with [Duke being my leader]," Miles said. "They offered me right off the bat. They wanted me as soon as they saw my film – I liked that."

Wake Forest is recruiting Miles as a defensive tackle. Besides defensive line, he is getting some looks at linebacker.

"I will play anything, but if I got to choose my spot [defensive end] is where I want to play," Miles said. "It's not really a big deal. Wherever they want me to play, I'll work hard."

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