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Les Miles’ son, a QB, commits to play football for… the Tar Heels

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Les Miles‘ son, Manny, is supposedly a fairly decent, albeit injury-plagued college football prospect at the quarterback position.  Miles, a former Michigan football player, admitted last summer that he’d like to see his son follow in his Ann Arbor footsteps.  He also allowed that he’d like to see his son in Baton Rouge, to which Manny, when asked under what circumstances he’d go to LSU, replied “none.”

Fast-forward nearly a year, and the younger Miles has made a collegiate choice, and it doesn’t involve either the Wolverines or the Tigers.

In an interview with the Baton Rouge Advocate, Manny Miles confirmed that he will play his college football at North Carolina.  Miles’ son stated that he will enter the Tar Heels football program as a preferred walk-on and will be on the UNC roster for the 2015 season.

The son said that his decision came after visiting the Chapel Hill campus earlier this month — and after some sage advice from dear ol’ dad.

“My mom and I went up there to visit a couple of weeks ago, and I just loved everything about it,” Miles said of the UNC campus. “When I got home, my dad asked me to sleep on it. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t making a decision because I’d just visited there. I slept on it for about two weeks, and I knew that was still where I wanted to go.”

There’s also a chance Miles could be a two-sport player at UNC as he was an all-state baseball player.

Miles didn’t receive any stars as a 2015 recruit from Rivals.com, although his health may have played at least a partial role in that.  From the Advocate:

Injuries have plagued Miles over the past two seasons. … A broken hand suffered in a 2013 football title-game loss to John Curtis limited his junior baseball season.

An ankle injury forced Miles to miss several football games during his senior season. The 6-foot, 180-pound Miles still garnered All-Metro football honors while helping the Cubs claim the Division II select state title. He completed 126 of 179 passes for 1,952 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Interestingly, in a separate interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the younger Miles acknowledged that Michigan was a strong consideration in his mind… until Jim Harbaugh was hired as UM’s new head coach.

“I was really thinking about Michigan,” he said. “But when they got a new coaching staff, conversation stopped and never picked back up.”

Decommitments, Music Videos and Teletubbies: Wrapping up National Signing Day

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Wednesday brought us another action-packed National Signing Day. In fact, today’s festivities may have been the most entertaining yet. Here’s a rundown of everything you may have missed today:

– USC signs the nation’s top class. Alright, who had Steve Sarkisian as the coach to dethrone Nick Saban from his well-worn recruiting throne? Thanks to a furious finish, USC ended Alabama’s four-year run atop the Rivals’ recruiting rankings.

– The saga of Byron Cowart. The day began with the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Seffner, Fla., defensive end Byron Cowart, announcing for Auburn. And that was that. Actually, that was just the beginning. Word leaked around lunchtime that Cowart hadn’t signed his Letter of Intent and was still considering Florida. Even Cowart didn’t seem to know what was going on.

Then, after the three longest hours in Auburn since the second half of the Iron Bowl, Cowart’s LOI was in and Cowart was a Tiger – seven hours later than we all thought.

– Tennessee is about to get really good. Butch Jones has been in Knoxville for two recruiting cycles, and his classes have ranked fifth and fifth. That simply doesn’t happen by accident. The Vols signed 29 players, including a late flip of five-star offensive lineman Drew Richmond away from Ole Miss. Tennessee hasn’t played in the SEC Championship since 2007, but the smart money says they’ll be back very soon.

– The day’s most interesting announcement. Recruits have announced their college destinations in a hot tub, with a baby bulldog in hand, and just about every other way imaginable. But no one had ever done it quite like Long Beach, Calif., five-star cornerback Iman Marshall announced his commitment to USC: with his own custom music video.

– Roquan Smith commits to UCLA, then de-commits: Almost as soon as the Montezuma, Ga., linebacker put on his gloves, Smith started backing away from his commitment to UCLA. At the root of his indecision? Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich‘s reported departure for the Atlanta Falcons. With Ulbrich’s status still somewhat up in the air, Smith will wait and see what he does before making a final decision. Sounds like this is one of those dreaded National Signing Day decisions that stretches beyond National Signing Day.

– Florida and Michigan finish fast. One of the biggest questions entering the day was how Jim Harbaugh and Jim McElwain would close their first respective classes at Michigan and Florida. And now we know: pretty darn good. Landing the likes of five-stars CeCe Jefferson and Martez Ivey helped Florida jump close to 80 spots all the way up to No. 23 in the Rivals rankings. Michigan didn’t close with quite the same flash, though they did add four-star Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., and three-star athlete Keith Washington, the Wolverines popped up to a respectable 49th. Considering Michigan signed only a modest 14 players, it’s best to look at the star average, where the Wolverines’ 3.29 stands right up with Florida.

– Sad Steve. The annual joke of National Signing Day is that every coach loves his class, filled the exact needs and didn’t miss on anyone they wanted. Everyone except Steve Spurrier.

 

Well, then.

– Who Runs This State? The most entertaining recruiting rivalry in college football ended with something of a dud. Four-star quarterback Kyler Murray signed with Texas A&M, but we already knew that, four-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack chose the Aggies over Texas and TCU and Texas held off Texas A&M for four-star defensive back Kris Boyd, but as far as Longhorns-Aggies fireworks, that was really it. Texas held off Washington for four-star running back Chris Warren and flipped four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome from UCLA, but both schools lost out to Ole Miss for four-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge. In the end, UT and A&M signed nearly identical classes. Texas held the edge according to Scout (eighth vs. 10th), 247 (11th vs. 12th) and ESPN (ninth vs. 12th), while Rivals earned a slight victory in the Rivals rankings (10th vs. 12th). With these two heated nemeses recruiting so similarly, it should be fun to watch them bash heads on the…. oh, damn it all.

– Mount Mormon. BYU signed the biggest recruit of this year – or any year – in landing Motekiai Langi, who checks in at a cool 6-foot-8 and 410 pounds.

Sports Illustrated writer Andy Staples had perhaps the tweet of the day:

– Bruin commits everywhere. USC won the class, but their crosstown rivals got a few victories of their own, as well. The nation’s top tight end, Chris Clark, chose UCLA over Michigan, and then five-star running back Soso Jamabo announced his commitment to UCLA over Texas in a very, uh, interesting fashion.

Oh, and in case you’ve ever wanted to know the status of Snoop Dogg‘s underwear drawer, National Signing Day offered the update of a lifetime. Snoop’s son Cordell Broadus, a wide receiver out of Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School, announced for UCLA, at which time the elder Broadus – a longtime USC fan – announced he was all Bruin. Even in his underwear.

– I have no idea what’s going on here. Just wanted to reiterate that I have no idea what’s going on here. Not one.

– The precision you’d expect from an engineering school. Georgia Tech signed the 39th-rated class in the nation with 27 recruits. Certainly nothing remarkable there. Except, every last one of them was rated three stars. Seriously, 27 three-stars and nothing else.

– Central Michigan signs 18… with no head coach. Anyone remember the last time National Singing Day came and went and an FBS program didn’t have a head coach. That was the situation in Mount Pleasant, Mich., today, as the Chippewas are still in search of Dan Enos‘ replacement. CMU still somehow signed 18 players, which has to be considered a major credit to the remaining coaches. In fact, the Chips even managed to best Kent State, Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Massachusetts in the Rivals rankings.

Boom! Cordell Broadus commits to UCLA over Snoop Dogg’s Trojans

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Snoop Dogg is a well-known fan of the USC Trojans. Today must be bittersweet after his son, Cordell Broadus, has committed to the UCLA Bruins.

One of the more notable recruits in the Class of 2015 happens to be the son of a rap God. The celebrity status Snoop Dogg bestows upon his son, Cordell Broadus, made Cordell an instant recruit to watch. But do not let that family status fool you into thinking Broadus is all hype and nothing else. He earned respect on the field and now he is heading to UCLA. Broadus announced his decision to commit to UCLA live on national TV Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day.

His father’s fame certainly helps draw attention, but Broadus has established himself on the field with his own talent. The four-star recruit, according to Rivals, is the 27th top wide receiver in the nation and is the third-best overall recruit out of the state of Nevada. His high school football journey has been profiled on a mini-documentary produced by ESPN, and led him to play for Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman, where he was coached by current UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez.

The commitment of Broadus adds one more key storyline in the intense rivalry between USC and UCLA. Both Los Angeles schools have been having a terrific signing day, and each are pouring cement around the top two spots in the Pac-12 recruiting rankings as a result. UCLA has come on strong with the signing day announcements today, but USC has already tried locking down the top spot in the Pac-12.

Top three 2015 Rivals.com QBs now committed to Pac-12 schools

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The Pac-12’s quarterbacking future’s so bright, it’s gotta wear shades — if recruiting rankings hold any weight, that is.

Friday evening, Newhall, Calif. high schooler Brady White verbally committed to play his college football at Arizona State next year.  In addition to the Sun Devils, the finalists for White’s verbal (for now) services were ASU conference rivals Cal and Oregon.

White is a touted four-star prospect in the Class of 2015, rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com.

The two pro-style quarterbacks ahead of White in next year’s class?  No. 1 Josh Rosen, committed to play at UCLA, and No. 2 Ricky Towns, committed to play at USC. So, yes, that means the top three pro-style quarterbacks in next year’s class are committed to Pac-12 schools.

To stretch it out even further when it comes to the Left Coast league, four of the top eight and five of the top 12 are committed to Pac-12 schools, the others being No. 8 Jake Browning (Washington) and No. 12 David Sills (USC, since the age of 13).

Interestingly, the No. 7 prospect in that group, Brett Rypien, is verbally committed to Boise State amongst all of the Power Five heavyweights who are heavily pursuing the nephew of former NFL quarterback — and Pac-12 great — Mark Rypien.

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UCLA may have inside track on Snoop’s four-star son

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With a little more than 10 months remaining until National Signing Day 2015, the son of rap legend and herb aficionado Snoop Lion (née Dogg) (née Doggy Dogg) has settled on a list of his current favorites — with one of those possibly topping all others because of a familiar face.

Speaking to Rivals.com, Cordell Broadus told the recruiting website that “[r]ight now my top five would probably have to be UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Florida State.”  The Las Vegas high school product, who holds scholarship offers from more than two dozen programs, has yet to verbally commit to any school, although there could very well be a favorite.

Broadus is very good friends with Josh Rosen, the five-star California quarterback who committed to UCLA earlier this month.  The opportunity to play with Rosen appears to be very much on the wide receiver’s mind.

“It’s really big,” Broadus said of possibly playing with Rosen. “Me and Josh have known each other since eighth grade and that’s a lot of chemistry right there.

“As great of a player as Josh Rosen is I can complement his game and coming in there as his No. 1 receiver that could be big.”

The Bruins have been on Broadus’ radar since they offered him a scholarship when he was in ninth grade, but the player acknowledged that “Josh going there that might give them some brownie points.”

Broadus’ famous father has been connected — sometimes negatively — to USC for some time and the Trojans are considered serious contenders for the receiver.  Broadus recently moved from Southern California to Vegas and most expect him to opt for a school on — or near — the West Coast.

While Broadus may be known more for being Snoop’s son, he’s actually a very talented football player in his own right.  Rivals.com rates him as the No. 21 receiver in the nation and has him listed as a four-star prospect.

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