First of, of course one of Les Miles‘ football-playing son is a fullback. Secondly, of course he’s taking a different path.
Back in May of last year, Manny Miles, one of the LSU head coach’s sons, announced that he had verbally committed to play his college football at North Carolina. A little over a year later, Manny Miles’ brother, Ben, announced Sunday his future college football plans and, like his older sibling, those plans don’t include playing for dad in Baton Rouge.
Thank you God… GBR! pic.twitter.com/nBM0l25Xq5
— ben miles (@BenBmiles2) July 31, 2016
— Mike Riley (@Coach_Riley) July 31, 2016
Miles is a three-star 2017 recruit rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 3 fullback in the country as he enters his senior season at Baton Rouge Catholic High School. In an interview with the Lincoln Journal-Star‘s Steven Sipple Monday morning, Miles explained very plainly why he didn’t commit to his dad’s Tigers, with who he’s held an official offer for more than a year.
“I just always grew up wanting to do my own thing and be my own man,” Miles said. “Obviously, LSU is a great place to play football and get an education. But for me, I just want to do something different.”
Additionally, the Cornhuskers’ offense and how they utilized the fullback last season played a role in Miles’ decision.
In addition to NU and LSU, Miles held offers from, among others, Boston College, Michigan State, Navy and Purdue.
The son of Keyshawn Johnson, four-star 2017 wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., committed to Nebraska in late March, meaning the parents section at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln has the potential to be very interesting next year and beyond.