McKinley's Miles gives commitment to Nebraska

Jim Thomas
Updated: Friday, December 7, 2012
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McKinley senior Antoine Miles


CANTON  During the high school football season, McKinley’s Antoine Miles was sweet on playing one day for the University of Cincinnati.

That day will never come.

Friday, the same day that Bearcats head coach Butch Jones announced he was leaving for Tennessee, Nebraska came calling — and Miles answered.

“They offered me today,” the 6-foot-2, 257-pound Jones said while gearing up for Friday night’s basketball game. “I committed as soon as they offered.”

Miles wasn’t left holding the bag. Bulldogs head coach Todd Filtz had heard that Nebraska was interested at that same time that word was out Jones was receiving coaching offers.

When Jones bolted for Rocky Top, the Cornhuskers were there to offer Miles. Filtz said Nebraska is the perfect landing spot for his big-play end, a second team All-Ohioan this season.

“The last couple of weeks, we thought (Jones leaving) was a possibility,” said Filtz. “Antoine, he had a great year for us and interest had picked up.

“Nebraska was in. Once that was a possibility, Antoine started researching and really like them. I think he liked being a part of the Big Ten, the number of Ohio guys on the roster, the number of Ohio coaches on staff.

“He felt comfortable with that.”

According to ESPN Recruiting Nation Football, Miles is the fifth in the Class of 2013 from the Buckeye state to commit to Nebraska and head coach Bo Pelini.

“I did my research, I was impressed,” Miles said. “It’s the Big Ten. The Big Ten is great football. They play big-time football.

“I know it’s a great program, they’ve got great players, a nice campus from what I’ve seen on the computer.”

Miles will fit in. He had 73 tackles as a senior, including 17 for loss and a dozen sacks.