Thursday, April 25, 2013
Introducing the class: Kameron Miles
By Sam Khan Jr.
"Introducing the class" is a series in which GigEmNation conducts a Q&A session with each of the incoming recruits in Texas A&M's 2013 class to give readers a closer look at each recruit individually. Today, we visit with Mesquite (Texas) West Mesquite safety Kameron Miles.
Miles, who was an ESPN 300 prospect, was the 13th-ranked safety nationally and the No. 1 safety in Texas in the 2013 class. The four-star prospect was No. 250 overall in the ESPN 300 and was a U.S. Army All-American.
As a senior, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Miles had 85 tackles, four interceptions, seven pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He also rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He was a first-team all-district pick, second-team all-area by the Dallas Morning News and a second-team academic all-state selection. Here's our Q&A with Miles:
Safety Kameron Miles, a former Tennessee commit, says he feels at home with the Aggies.
GigEmNation: What made you commit to Texas A&M?
Kameron Miles: It was a difficult situation when I was committed to Tennessee and they had all the coaching changes happen. Also, I watched the entire Texas A&M-Alabama game and it was a statement game for Texas A&M. I wasn't going to judge my commitment off of it, but Alabama is a dynasty and is top-notch in the country. If you're a team that can beat them at their own place, that's saying something. That was one thing that attracted me to them. Then when I went down to visit and met the coaches and took in A&M, I felt like I was really at home and this is where I needed to be. I felt like I could make an impact and I really feel like we're going to win a national championship.
GEN: What has life been like since your commitment?
Miles: Life's been great. I visit A&M every time I get the chance. The coaches are always happy to see me. The players, we're all ready for the season. The 2013 recruits we all laugh and chop it up together but at the same time we're all looking at that one goal and that's winning a national championship.
GEN: How difficult was it to go through a decommitment before switching to Texas A&M?
Miles: Decommitting from a school is like telling your mother 'I don't want you in my life.' That's how hard it was. It was so hard. I never did it before, so when I called [my recruiting coach] he thought I was calling just to call. But I was calling to give that news and it was hard. But once I did it, I felt relieved. Then when I committed to A&M, I felt the stress come off my shoulders and I knew it was over.
GEN: Describe your first meeting with Kevin Sumlin. What was your first impression?
Miles: He was a chill, laid-back coach. But he's going to make sure that he's going to get the job done. He's a real down-to-earth guy, but he'll make sure that the job will get done.
GEN: What's your goal when you get to Texas A&M?
Miles: Just to go in there and compete. My goal personally is to go in there and play as a true freshman. I'm trying to do whatever I can to get on the field.
GEN: When did you first get into football and why?
Miles: It's kind of funny because I started playing football at the age of 6. Then I was playing football and basketball but I kind of leaned towards basketball and my heart started going toward basketball. I started playing AAU and doing that with the Dallas Mustangs and clubs like that. Football really took over when I got moved up to varsity in my freshman year. That's when I realized 'Well I'm 6-2 and you have to be really, really, really good to get a basketball scholarship at 6-2 as a guard,' so I decided to focus on football and ever since then, it's leading up to the conversation we're having now. I stopped playing basketball after my junior year.
GEN: Who has been the biggest influence on your success?
Miles: My position coach [at West Mesquite], Kyle Ward. The work ethic, that's what completely changed. The way he made me work and how hard I worked, that's because of him. Now I'm immune to it. If I don't work out one day, I don't feel right. That's how it is now.
GEN: What's your favorite thing to do outside of football?
Miles: Play Call of Duty and chill with my friends. Really it's watch ESPN, play games and chill with my friends.
GEN: If you weren't a football player, what sport would you play?
GEN: How have your accomplishments changed your life?
Miles: It changed me as a person. It humbled me. It has showed me that anything can be taken from you in the blink of an eye. It made me a thankful and grateful person, being appreciative of everything I have and everything that was given to me.
GEN: Biggest highlight in your playing career?
Miles: I would say was when I played in Cowboys Stadium during the playoffs in my sophomore year. To play on a stage like that when you're in high school and you're 15 years old, that's huge.
GEN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Miles: Hopefully, if I leave it up to God, I'll be one of those 32 NFL teams.
Major: Most likely I'm going to major in petroleum engineering. I noticed a lot of the requirements have to do with math and physics and I love math. And physics has a lot of [mathematical] formulas so math and physics kind of come together.
Favorite food: Fish.
Favorite car: That's tough. I'd have to go with a '65 Mustang. I like those old school cars.
Favorite NFL player: Sean Taylor, rest in peace. He set the standard of what a true safety is in the league.
Desired jersey number: I'm trying to get No. 5, but I think I'm going to end up with 6, 13 or 23.