Player Spotlight: Cyler Miles
"My most recent offers came from Florida and Oklahoma State," Cyler Miles said. "I've made unofficial visits to Washington, CU (Colorado), Illinois, and Cal-Berkeley."
Miles, 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, holds offers from at least one of all six BCS conference schools. In the SEC alone Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, and Vanderbilt are among the schools that have already offered Miles.
"It was about three or fours weeks ago when Tennessee offered me," Miles stated. "The quarterback coach, Darin Hinshaw, visited my high school. He watched me practice and throw. Later he called and told me he loved what he saw. He enjoyed being there and seeing me go about my day. Then he said they had an offer for me.
"Tennessee's a great program," said Miles. "They're an SEC powerhouse. I'm hoping to get out there for a visit to check out the campus. They have a great tradition at quarterback and run a pro-style offense, which is what I'm looking to play in."
Miles is known as a duel-threat with his game breaking speed, but he's a very accurate passer. Miles passed for 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior with only two interceptions. The first pick came on his first pass of the season, and the second didn't come until the championship game.
"I thought I got better with my throwing motion, my mechanics, and my point of release," Miles said of his junior year. "I don't know. I'm pretty hard on myself. I know I could have done better. As a senior I want to work on my footwork, more on my mechanics, and reading defenses. I'm happy with what I've done so far, but I always feel like I can do better."
Miles was a 5A All-State selection and All-Colorado. The Mustangs lost five D1-bound seniors, including running back extraordinaire in Syracuse-bound Adonis Ameen-Moore, so Miles will be asked to carry more of the offense as a senior. Miles was a steady 13- for-21 for 198 yards and a touchdown in the championship game against Regis Jesuit at Denver's Invesco Field.
"We just need to take it one game at a time," Miles said on next season. "It's going to be important for us not to lose sight of what's ahead, not get caught up in all the hype about the four-peat, but take it step-by-step. If we stay focused and put in the work we need to, we'll be fine."
Miles' parents usually accompany him on his campus visits. Although he has many to choose from, and possibly more, if hopes to have his decision made before the start of his senior season.
"My relationship to the coaches and the players is big for me," Miles said. "I look at all the academic aspects of the college and how the campus is. As a quarterback, I'm definitely looking at what the team does offensively.
"Depth chart I'm not really looking at because no matter where I go I'm going to have to compete against four or five guys. Unless they have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores piled on, that's not going to be a factor for me. I know I'll come in ready to compete."
Miles competes in track in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and the 4x1 relay. His best in the 100 is 10.89 and a 21.70 in the 200. He's cousins with Chaz Miles who played at Colorado State. He reports a 3.2 GPA in the classroom. He wears No. 10 for the Mustangs.
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