ESPN 300 safety Kameron Miles (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) got a taste of what to expect the very second he puts on a Tennessee jersey next season.
A lot of fans at home games. A lot of people wanting pictures and autographs. A lot of orange everywhere.
A player not completely used to the limelight, Miles was given the rock-star treatment during his official visit to Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend. The four-star safety took in the College GameDay experience and was one of 102,455 taking in the Tennessee-Florida game. When fans weren’t cheering for the Volunteers, he was enjoying being the center of attention.
“I’m walking around College GameDay, and people already knew me and were taking photos,” Miles said. “I was like, ‘Dang, this is reality.’”
Miles, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, said he thoroughly enjoyed the trip and had a good time reconnecting with coaches and players. Freshman defensive back LaDarrell McNeil was his player host, and he also spent time with junior defensive lineman Corey Miller. Miles also had a chance to speak in depth with head coach Derek Dooley, defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri and safeties coach Josh Conklin.
While the bonding with coaches and players was gold for Miles, it was the overall scenery of Saturday that stays a clear memory in his head.
“As soon as I got to the campus, I saw nothing but orange,” he said. “When I’m riding to the campus, seeing so many parked cars so many miles from the stadium was crazy. To see the stadium packed like that, it was something I’d never seen in my life.
“Then, I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to be playing in something like this. I better get used to it.’ It was fun, a real good experience.”
Miles said he is solid with the Volunteers, but Tennessee was his first official visit. He will make the trek to Arizona State with two West Mesquite teammates, three-star defensive end and Sun Devils commit Dimarya Mixon and three-star cornerback Will Earley, who has offers from TCU, Ole Miss, North Texas and others. Miles additionally said he will visit UCLA around the end of November.