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LB Miles picks Kansas over Florida, WVa

2/1/2012

TAMPA, Fla. -- He may have only been on the job for a few short months, but Charlie Weis is already making his presence felt as a recruiter.

Three-star linebacker Schyler Miles (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) signed with the Kansas Jayhawks. He announced at a press conference at his high school on Wednesday afternoon.

Miles selected Kansas over in-state power Florida and Orange Bowl winner West Virginia.

"It was tough to pass up Florida and SEC football and contending for national championships, but I think the staff [Kansas has] with coach [Dave] Campo as a defensive coordinator and coach [Charlie] Weis now," Miles said. "I really couldn't go wrong with two NFL coaches coaching me."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker said the opportunity for playing time also was a factor in his decision.

"I felt like it was the best opportunity for me to succeed football-wise and have the most success there," Miles said. "I have a chance to start as a freshman there and do big things there. They are trusting me to contribute right away at middle linebacker. They don't really have anyone there right now. As long as I work hard and stay focused, I have a great chance to start early."

Many thought the Gators had the inside track on Miles because of proximity. Miles said he was close to choosing Florida.

"To tell you the truth, I had Florida at the top of my list for a while," he said. "Ever since before I visited Kansas, I was going to commit to Florida. [Berkeley coach Dominick] Ciao wanted me to go check out Kansas. I didn't want to go at first. Once I got out there I felt like it was the right spot for me to succeed and to start as a freshman."

Florida originally offered Miles as a fullback before changing that to a linebacker offer late in the recruiting process.

"I definitely questioned it a little bit because they offered me as a fullback for so long of a time and then they changed and offered me at linebacker," he said. "My heart is at linebacker, and I really don't want to play any other position other than that. I just didn't want to take any chance of that happening."

After returning from his Kansas visit, Miles said he mulled over his decision with his head coach and his parents before deciding to be a Jayhawk on Friday night.