If Antoine Miles is as fast getting into the backfield as he was accepting a scholarship offer from Nebraska, Husker fans will relish what’s to come.
Nebraska offered Miles on Friday. He accepted the offer Friday.
And with that, this Husker recruiting class grew to 16 commitments, adding one of what could be several defensive lineman additions during the push toward signing day.
“I didn’t know when they were actually going to offer, but I knew they were interested,” Miles said. “So the past week or two, I’ve been researching them. I’m pretty confident in the decision. So I was prepared when they put the offer on the table."
A product of Canton (Ohio) McKinley High School, Miles had thought for a long time he might end up at Cincinnati. But he never committed there, the class began to fill up, then he realized Nebraska was starting to look his way.
“That kind of changed a couple things around,” Miles said.
Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and FoxSportsNext.com, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Miles primarily played defensive end in high school but could potentially move inside at the next level.
Husker grad assistant Vince Marrow, who knows the Ohio recruiting landscape well, played a lead role in Miles' recruitment.
But Miles said he also liked Husker head coach Bo Pelini’s ties to his home state.
“He’s an Ohio guy and I’m an Ohio guy, so we’ve got that Ohio connection,” Miles said.
While Miles hasn’t visited Lincoln, he plans to do so next weekend.
The website FridayNightOhio.com offered this evaluation of Miles from an opposing coach before this season:
Strengths: The kid is a physical freak. He’s athletic and tall. He moves extremely well. He’s very difficult to pass block because of his motor off the ball. He gets off the ball well. He’s an impressive kid on tape and it shows on the field. He did more against us and gave us more problems than (Ohio State four-star commit Se’Von) Pittman. He’s more athletic than Pittman because he’s not as heavy. He was the top defensive end we faced. He gets after it.
Weaknesses: He wasn’t as heavy as you’d like, but that is really getting picky. I’ve heard he had a good offseason and put on some weight. He has a year of experience under his belt. In order for him to be better than he was, though, he needed to have a tremendous offseason in the weight room and he needs to bring that onto the field this year.
Miles said he sees one of his biggest strengths as his quick “get off” after the ball is snapped.
Because of that, he was able to notch 73 tackles, 12 sacks and 17 tackles for loss while playing in Ohio’s top high school classification.
He should feel right at home in the 2013 Husker class that now has five recruits from Ohio.
The others are wide receiver Kevin Gladney (Akron), tight end Greg Hart (Dayton), linebacker Courtney Love (Youngstown) and defensive back Marcus McWilson (Youngstown).
Miles is just thankful to have his college decision behind him.
“It was a little overwhelming at first,” Miles said. "But now that I’ve had time to sit back and think about it over the past couple hours, I feel really good about it. I’m excited. I’m ready to start a new future.”