Tag:Cyler Miles
Posted on: June 3, 2011 1:46 pm

Miles the latest Washington Husky

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Washington added their second highly-touted signal caller in the class of 2012 as Denver (Colo.) quarterback Cyler Miles selected the Huskies, formally annoncing his verbal commitment Friday morning after word leaked late Friday night that he pledged to the school.

“I feel really good. I am excited about my decision. Ultimately, it came down to two things for me, the style of offense and the sincerity of the coaches,"Miles told Scout.  "Washington was it for me.  Initially, I narrowed it down to three: Illinois, Tennessee, and Washington. But in the end I made my decision based on the people. I picked the school with the most sincere and energetic coaching staff, who I had the strongest relationships with, and also where I could see myself for the next four to five years."

Miles joins Mercer Island (Wash.) quarterback Jeff Lindquist as a Washington verbal commitment, giving head coach Steve Sarkisian two players to work with and restock the roster with. The head coach's pro-style offense was one of the biggest selling points for the school, which Miles visited in March.

“Washington is perfect for me, because I wanted to pick a program that was on the rise, somewhere that I could make a difference, and really stand out," he said. "They also run the type of pro-style offense I was looking for. Seattle is a cool city with a very strong fan base.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound gunslinger is a threat to run or pass with the ball in his hands. He threw for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns while adding 255 yards and six touchdowns on the ground for Colorado 5A state champion Mullen High. Miles will not graduate from high school early and he'll enroll at Washington in the fall of 2012, where he is expected to redshirt with five quarterbacks on the roster at that point.

Miles is the fourth overall commitment for the Huskies in 2012.
Posted on: June 3, 2011 9:50 am

6/3 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Quite the comeback last night for the Dallas Mavs last night. I think this year's recruiting requivalent might be Michigan State coming back to out-recruit Michigan based on how their classes have shaped up so far.

- Texas Tech beat out Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor for talented offensive lineman Michael Starts.

- Speaking of Texas, the Longhorns are looking to cast a wider recruiting net going forward.

- Arkansas is looking to keep the state of Texas as a recruiting priority.

- The mess at Ohio State leads to a few questions for Penn State's recruiting. 

- Michigan State is battling for athlete David Perkins. 

- Washington picked up a big commitment from quarterback Cyler Miles late last night. More on the blog when Miles has his press conference. 
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 11:52 am

6/2 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Must read column from Penn State coach Jay Paterno on what student-athletes really receive from their school. 

- Good look at the Ohio State recruiting budget. The nearly 10% decrease could be because of a smaller recruiting class the school is expected to take in.

- The Buckeyes recruiting class is at risk from the NCAA mess surrounding the school however don't expect too much of a drop off.

- Tennessee offered quarterback Darryl Richardson despite only seeing him during an evaluation visit at his high school.

- Top quarterback Cyler Miles is down to Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, LSU, Tennessee, Washington and possibly Colorado and will pick one this Friday.

- Clemson's recruits are making the necessary grades and are on track to qualify.

- Offensive tackle Colby Cyburt picked up an offer from Arizona State.
Posted on: April 30, 2011 8:11 am

4/30 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the devastation in the region, the Badger Sports 7-on-7 event scheduled to take place has been moved from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham. We'll see what players still show up but there should be some talent at the event today no matter what.

- Tight end Christo Kourtzidis added two more offers to his pile, the most recent ones coming from Cal and Oklahoma.

- Offensive tackle Travis Averill picked up another Pac-12 offer from Arizona.

- Offensive lineman J.T. Hamilton is the first player ever nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl from his high school.

- Arkansas is in the top five for a top five quarterback in Cyler Miles.

- Defensive end Adolphus Washington has a few visits he'd like to take after already visiting Ohio State and Kentucky.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 11:26 am

Top recruits will be tuning in to the NFL Draft

By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak

The fact that it will be televised during primetime tonight is both indicative of, and responsible for, the surge in popularity of the NFL Draft.

While professional football fans watch to see which top college players their favorite team will land, there's another segment of the football population paying close attention to the draft: top high school recruits.

Many of the nation's most coveted high school players pay close attention to the draft for reasons most fans watching never have to consider: Are the colleges recruiting them successful at producing NFL draft picks?

Schools with top projected draft picks often know how to leverage that status with recruits.

"Colleges assume that most recruits want to play in the league, and I think that's true for a majority of recruits," said Mullen (Denver) quarterback Cyler Miles, the nation's No. 70 recruit, with offers from Colorado, Washington, Clemson, Notre Dame and others.

The NFL Draft provides tremendous free advertising for colleges, as it is impossible to pay for the groundswell of hype and attention that a school receives when one of its players is expected to be a top pick. It's not fleeting, either; schools often refer back to their track record of producing draft picks through the years.

With the first round of the draft set to get underway tonight, MaxPreps contacted several top recruits to find out how closely they'd be paying attention to the NFL Draft and what kind of factor it has been in their recruitment.

Read more on MaxPreps...

Posted on: April 5, 2011 8:55 am

4/5 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

An atrocious national championship game closes out the college basketball season. It's a good reminder that the recruiting season never ends however.

- UCF has built up a bit of a pipeline from the Denver area to Orlando and the Knights are hoping that helps with quarterback Cyler Miles.

- Nice photo gallery of the LA Nike Football Training Camp.  
- Washington is getting aggressive in their pursuit of a quarterback in the class of 2012.

- The top running back in the country, Jonathan Gray, took in both Texas A&M and Texas this past weekend.

Posted on: March 29, 2011 12:35 pm

2012 Quarterbacks to Keep an Eye On

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Columbus (Ind.) quarterback Gunner Kiel is the top quarterback in the nation according to CBSSports/MaxPreps Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming but there's a lot of football to be played between now and Signing Day. Here's five other quarterbacks - in alphabetical order - who you need to keep an eye out for this year. Each of them has a chance to move Kiel off the top spot and become the top quarterback for the class of 2012.

Connor Brewer (Chaparral High, Scottsdale, Ariz.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Committed to Texas

What's to like: Brewer is an accurate downfield passer and works the middle of the field very well for a quarterback his age. He's mobile and though he's not the fastest player under center, he can escape out of the pocket and pick up a first down fairly easy. Brewer has a nice feel of the pocket but it is his quick release might be one of the best things about the Arizona signal caller.

Needs to work on: Playing mostly in the shotgun in a spread-based offense, Brewer needs to work on improving his footwork this summer and fall. After taking a snap, he sometimes becomes a bit lazy and that's when he becomes a bit heavy footed. He's not too balanced when he gets out of the pocket and throws on the run either but he's still maintains his accuracy.

Shane Dillon (Christian High, El Cajon, Calif.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 190 pounds 
Offers from Cincinnati and Ohio State.

What's to like: Dillon is your prototypical pro-style quarterback. He's got pretty quick feet for someone who's 6-foot-5 and is working on refining his mechanics with noted quarterback coach George Whitfield. He's accurate down the field and can throw the ball anywhere but also adds touch with each pass. Unlike many quarterbacks coming out of high school, he plays a lot under center which should be a big plus to several programs.

Needs to work on: He needs to add some weight to his slender frame but that's not as big of an issue at the high school level as it will be in college. He's got a decent arm but needs to work on getting his whole body behind a throw. He could also stand to shorten his throwing motion up a bit and aim for a quicker release. A bit raw at the moment, he needs some refining here and there to make a run at the top spot.

Zach Kline (San Ramon Valley High, Danville, Calf.) 
Height: 6-foot-2 
Weight: 195 pounds 
Committed to California.

What's to like: Kline is probably the top quarterback on the West Coast and the only thing that keeps him from being considered an elite prospect is his height. He has a cannon on his right shoulder and is very accurate on most routes. Surprisingly mobile, Kline can take off down the sideline and keep the chains moving when he wants to but has good pocket presence and isn't rattled if defenders start to close in. Kline also has pretty good touch on the deep ball.

Needs to work on: He has a fairly quick release but still has a bit of a wind-up or hitch in his delivery. At times he will not have his feet underneath him when he throws in the pocket so becoming more compact after dropping back is a minor thing he can work on. He also hasn't met a window too small for him to throw through.

Cyler Miles (Mullen High, Denver, Col.) 
Height: 6-foot-4 
Weight: 220 pounds 
Offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Notre Dame, Pitt, Utah, Vanderbilt and Washington.

What's to like: Miles is another impressive quarterback west of the Mississippi with a big arm. Surprisingly mobile for someone his size, he can run the option and get to the edge with his speed. He can make any throw on the field and can seriously wing it down the field. Miles' best trait may be keeping his eyes down the field and withstanding pressure in the pocket before unloading for a big play. Accurate and confident in the pocket, he could be a better version of 2011 Florida commit Jeff Driskel.

Needs to work on: The one pass where he could practice some more is the out route. Though he has a cannon and can throw a bullet 40 or 50 yards down the field, he doesn't seem to be as accurate or throw the ball as hard when he tosses the out route.There's a lot to like about Miles but some work on a few minor things should vault him higher in everybody's book.

Zeke Pike (Dixie Heights High, Fort Mitchell, Kent.) 
Height: 6-foot-5 
Weight: 225 pounds 
Offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Louisville, Kentucky, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC and Virginia among others.

What's to like: Pike is one of the biggest quarterbacks in the class and it's hard not to draw at least a little comparison to former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen when you see Pike dwarf some of his teammates on film. He's a load coming downhill and almost looks like Tim Tebow with the way he carries the ball. Pike keeps the play alive a lot with his legs but is constantly keeping his eyes up so it's not an automatic run if he starts to scramble.

Needs to work on: Pike is still quite raw as a quarterback but there is a lot of underlying talent to work with. He might not have the strongest arm but he gets the ball where it needs to go. His mechanics are not great and he needs to make his delivery much more compact and quicken his release. At this point, it's hard to imagine him playing in anything but a shotgun-based spread offense.

Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:24 pm

3/25 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Though the big news of the day was related to the class of 2011 and Jadeveon Clowney, here's a few nuggets about some players in the class of 2012.

- Arlington (Texas) running back Russell Hansbrough recently picked up an offer from TCU and after visiting the Horned Frogs, could be close to committing.

- Roebuck (S.C.) offensive tackle Patrick DeStefano denies that Clemson is a lock for his commitment.

- Noted quarterback Zeke Pike is going to visit Arkansas next weekend. Another quarterback, Cyler Miles, received an offer from the Hogs recently.

- Offensive lineman Caleb Stacey will visit West Virginia this weekend.

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