Miles: 'I love Tennessee'

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No bucket of soapy water or bristly scrubbing bush could have taken the shine off an entrenched smile that would have been eyebrow-raising for the Joker.

Kameron Miles plans to be a Tennessee Volunteer and judging by his facial expressions when he talks about his future, not much could alter that path.

He took a visit to see The Hill this summer and came away impressed.

"It was fun," Miles told InsideTennessee. "I love Tennessee. I like the stadium, real big. Facilities great, new one great. Players were goofy, funny, great. Coaches, I've got a good connection with them, I like them."

What he saw seemed to far exceed his expectations.

"Wow'd me. I was like, 'Wow!'" Miles said. "When the season starts, that's when everything goes down. So, I'm loving it."

Conversations with coach Derek Dooley, defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri and position coaches yielded even more positive vibes on both sides.

"They love me. A lot of stuff that they don't have, I've got it. So, I'm ready to get it cranking," Miles said.

Miles says he already has a friendship with Vol freshman LaDarrell McNeil (pictured), who is also from Texas.
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The West Mesquite (Texas) High School is getting to know Tennessee from a player's perspective via former U.S. Army All-American and Vol freshman LaDarrell McNeil.

"He's from Dallas, so we've already made that bond," Miles said.

Miles is one of four FOX Sports NEXT four-star prospects currently verbally committed to Tennessee. The country's 10th-ranked safety made his pledge during a spring game back on May 21.

The Texan said the highlight of the trip was the "tour and the practice."

First-year safeties coach Josh Conklin asked for and got a long look at what Miles brings to the table in a workout that the future Vol said was "intense, very intense."

"The reason I came up here was to see the campus, but (Conklin) wanted to work me out and see how I was. So, he said, 'I'm glad you're here.' He could tell I was picking up the system real quick. I'm ready," Miles said.

While competing at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., in early July, Miles started building a relationship with now-Vol commit and fellow four-star Jalen Reeves-Maybin. It's not beyond the realm of possibility that the pair will line up next to each other in the same defensive backfield or as linebackers in Knoxville down the road.

The plan is for Miles (as well as Reeves-Maybin) to visit for the Florida game on Sept. 15, and he is "going to try to" bring a pair of his teammates — four-star wide receiver Eldridge Massington (USC commit) and three-star cornerback William Earley. The atmosphere that afternoon at Neyland Stadium figures to be one of the best the campus will see in 2012.

As a junior, Miles earned Class 4A, District 15 defensive player of the year and was an honorable mention for the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors 4A All-State team. He totaled 101 tackles and five interceptions.

West Mesquite opened up its 2012 season with a 43-17 victory over Rockwall on Friday. The Wranglers are No. 3 in the Dallas Morning News Class 4A area rankings. They are coached by former Vol Mike Overton, who is a Commerce, Ga., native that lettered four years (1973-76), playing in 39 games. Their first home game is this Friday and comes against Wylie.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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