MESQUITE, Texas -- There are certain buzz words that tend to set off certain athletes during their respective recruiting processes. Four-star defensive back Kameron Miles (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) had two that caught his attention.
Miles loved how Alabama allowed Barron, the No. 7 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, to do so many things from the safety position and he was told by Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri -- the former outside linebackers coach at Alabama -- that he would be used in the same capacity if he attended Tennessee.
That offer proved to be too good to pass up. On Monday, Miles committed to the Volunteers during halftime of the West Mesquite spring game, choosing Tennessee over Stanford, Penn State and Arkansas. He becomes the Vols’ seventh commit, and first defensive back, of the 2013 recruiting class.
“It feels great, and I feel really, really relieved that I’ve got this process over,” Miles said. “I’m just happy right now. Tennessee’s really in my heart. It’s where I’ve wanted to go.
“When I talked to [Sunseri], I felt I had to go there if he was making a comparison with me and Mark Barron. I saw the way Alabama used him, and he was all over the field. When he said I can play the same position, I said I was all in.”
Miles, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, had 101 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, lining up as both safety and outside linebacker for West Mesquite. Miles also saw time on the offensive side of the field, rushing for 201 yards and five touchdowns when lined up as a Wildcat quarterback.
Miles, ranked No. 12 nationally among safeties and No. 28 among players in Texas, said his final decision came down to Tennessee and Stanford. Both schools had their positives, but the reputation of the SEC proved to be the deciding factor.
“Stanford has the academics, and that was big for me,” Miles said, “but I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to play in the SEC.’ The SEC has been taking championships, and it’s a very competitive conference. I’m a competitive person. That’s what fuels me.”
“Kameron’s a physical, downhill guy. If you look at Kameron and Barron, they’re very similar-type players,” Overton said. “I think Tennessee’s going to get a great player. He’s a passionate player, and he’s going to be a big-time college player. He’s walking into the program at the right time.
“I’ll be excited to watch him. I’m proud being a former Vol, but if he didn’t go there, that’s fine, too. I want all of our kids to do what’s best for them. It’s their decision; it dang sure isn’t mine. He seems happy, and I’m happy for him.”
Miles’ primary recruiting contact at Tennessee was tight ends coach Charlie Coiner, but he had built healthy relationships with both Sunseri and safeties coach Josh Conklin. Miles is the third member of the West Mesquite 2013 class to commit, joining USC-bound wide receiver Eldridge Massington and Arizona State-bound defensive end Dimarya Mixon.