July 14, 2008

Miles likely to remain in Arizona

Despite being Arizona's highest rated running back prospect and sixth rated recruit overall according to Rivals.com, Peoria (Ariz.) Peoria running back Jamal Miles has kept a low profile in regards to his recruitment to this point.

At the moment Miles claims offers from in-state rivals Arizona and Arizona State with schools like USC, Colorado and Oregon State showing interest as well.

Miles is coming off an impressive junior season in which he gained 1679 yards and scored 39 touchdowns for the Panthers.

"We had a pretty good year," Miles said. "We went to the state semifinals. My goal for next year is to win the championship game. As for myself I want to rush for over 2000 yards and score 40 touchdowns."

Despite the impressive numbers he has already compiled Miles is continuing to work on improving.

"I am working on staying under control when I make my cuts, I want to get better at that," Miles said. "I am good at hitting the hole hard and I am elusive. I use my speed when we run sweeps and I have good hands."

A Phoenix native, Miles grew up mainly rooting for the Sun Devils but he still has strong interest in the rival Wildcats.

"Right now it is between ASU and UofA for me," Miles said. "I have been down to UofA for their elite camp and junior day but I haven't really visited the campus at all. I have gone to a few ASU football games and have hung around the lockeroom a little but I have not been around the campus. I will make an official visit to ASU this fall. I just have not scheduled it yet"

The 5-foot-10 180 pounder previously told Rivals.com that the Wildcats are recruiting him as a running back/receiver. He also has several schools looking at him as an athlete recruit that could play running back or cornerback.

"Coach Cozzetto is recruiting for ASU, they are recruiting as a running back right now," Miles said. "I like running back but I am pretty open about playing another position. When I camped at Ohio State back in June, I went up there and worked out at defensive back. I think I did well. I have played a little corner at Peoria the last two years and I will play more there this year."

Miles said he'd like to let the process play itself out and see who offers and then take a better look at the programs recruiting him.

"I want to see a program where all of the players are getting along and has good coaches that I can get a long with and a school with solid academics," Miles said. "Right now I am taking my time and want to take my official visits before making a decision."

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