"The big play guy"

Running back Kenny Miles has been a fan favorite in South Carolina's 2008 recruiting class ever since committing to the Gamecocks last November, and the explosive Peach State back sealed his future in Columbia last week when he signed his letter of intent with USC. Read inside as Miles discusses his future with the Gamecocks, how he's preparing himself for the next level, and much more.

The 5'10", 200 pound Miles flew under the radar for much of his high school career, but he exploded onto the scene in his senior season by rushing for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. What makes Miles' senior campaign all the more impressive is that he put up those gaudy numbers while facing defenses that loaded the box and schemed to try and stop him week in and week out.

Miles' emergence last fall led to several colleges taking notice of his game breaking ability, but the Brookwood standout said there was something different about South Carolina and running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"Me and Coach G. just have a great relationship," he said. "Sometimes I'll call him or he'll call me, and we won't even talk about football. Sometimes we'll just talk about academics, relationships with God, or family and friends. I just feel open with him, and I really like that. That stands out to me."

Miles, who is rated as a 3-star prospect in Scout.com's rankings, committed to Gillespie and the Gamecocks on a visit to USC last November, and he hasn't looked back since. Miles signed his LOI with Carolina last Wednesday, and he told GamecockAnthem.com that he's very excited about his future in Columbia.

"I'm excited about going to South Carolina and being a Gamecock. I believe the program is on the rise, and Steve Spurrier is a great coach. Carolina hasn't won an SEC Championship before so that gives you the drive to work hard and make sure you're on the first team to do it."

According to Miles, he is working hard in the weight room and on the track to prepare himself for the jump to the college level.

"The (USC coaches) are telling me to stay in the weight room, but don't go out there and try to lift the whole gym at one time. They just tell me to keep working hard and let the weight come on naturally," he said. "I've got a trainer that I work out with, and I'm running track to make sure I keep the speed I had during the season."

Miles, who had ten touchdown runs of 80-yards or longer in his senior season, believes he will add a breakaway threat to the Gamecock backfield in the coming years.

"I've gotten the title of being 'The big play guy.' I'm a player that can break the long runs and get the long touchdowns. I work hard, and I do what I've got to do when my time comes."

The new USC signee closed by passing on an enthusiastic message for the Gamecock Nation.

"Get ready because we're going to win the SEC."

Miles plans to arrive at USC for the second session of summer classes in early July. He squats 450 pounds and benches 360. He plans to wear the no. 31 jersey when he arrives at South Carolina.

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