Right On Time

West Virginia's newest football verbal commitment wanted to make his choice of colleges in May or June prior to his senior high school season, and he hit that target on the nose.

Don't get the idea, however, that Miles made his choice just to meet his self-imposed deadline.

"I was planning to make a decision in May or June, so it is a little bit of a relief to get it over with," he told BlueGoldNews.com. "But I have been interested in West Virginia for a long time. I took a couple of visits up there, and it just felt like home. I bonded well with all the coaches, and I didn't get that feeling anywhere else, so I felt like it was time to commit."

Miles, who attended WVU's junior day as well as the spring game, saw everything he needed in his two trips to the Mountain State. There, he found many similarities to his hometown of Stafford, Va.

"The town is pretty laid back –I like that a lot about it. It's like Stafford. And the weather is like Stafford too. You can't ever predict it," he said with a laugh as he recalled the sun, clouds and snow that took turns over the turf of Milan Puskar Stadium during the Gold-Blue game. "The talent level at the spring game really stood out. The defense was running around. I liked that a lot."

That the defense caught his eye doesn't come as a surprise, as Miles has been a defense-first player throughout his career. Although he dabbles on offense for Brooke Point High School (he played fullback last year and will man the tight end spot this year), linebacker and defense have always been his first love.

"Hitting people and making tackles is what I like best," said Miles, who earned first team all-district and second team all-area honors as a junior. "West Virginia told me their linebackers are very versatile, so I think I could play either inside or outside there. I'm playing in the middle for Brooke Point."

Miles, who was initially attracted to West Virginia after watching them on television ("I liked their high powered offense"), was ultimately convinced to make his commitment by conversations with WVU recruit Brandon Hogan and Mountaineer assistant Bill Stewart, who is raking in quality recruits at an unprecedented rate in the Old Dominion.

"I talked with Brandon Hogan some, and he told me about it, and then I talked a lot with Coach Stewart. He is a real cool person. When he came to my school and talked to me, he told me all about West Virginia."

Miles also visited Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Richmond (and was offered by the first trio), but didn't find the same feeling of home and comfort that he did at West Virginia. Thus, his decision, made relatively early, figures to stick.


Miles anticipates a good senior season at Brooke Point.

"We should be real nice. A lot of our key positions are coming back on both offense and defense. I'm moving to tight end on offense, because that's what I need to do to help the team. I think we can get to the states."

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The hard-hitting linebacker is considering sociology or business majors at WVU, but hasn't made up his mind yet. He currently carries a 2.6 GPA with a 930 SAT, and is taking that test again.

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Miles is almost totally committed to football in the athletics arena, but does dabble in indoor track. He has recorded a 6.69 in the 55-meter dash, where his 6-1, 225-pound frame makes him the biggest competitor on the track, and has also put up a 42-foot shot put in just his first year of competition.

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