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November 17, 2012

Saturday morning thoughts

On Kameron Miles:

One, Miles is rangy…people thinking he's a linebacker…that's great and all but he's not a thick guy right now and doesn't look like a linebacker. He's going to be able to put on a lot more weight before it is all said and done.

Second, I saw him two years ago in a game against Lancaster and all they did was run the ball. He was more of a run support guy that night, staying near the line of scrimmage. Last night, he was in a lot of two high safety looks as the free safety. I came into the game thinking that he was a strong safety that you wanted in the box and that impression was a mistake. He can play either spot; in addition, he makes all of the calls in the secondary and gets everyone lined up.

Third, he's got great hips for a guy with his height. You look at a guy like Floyd Raven who's also tall. Raven is a tick faster but Raven is going to have to jam you in order to be able to run with you. Miles can flip his hips and run with people without doing that and there's not a lot of guys his height that can say that. A couple of times, he took a slot who ran and out and ups and had no problem running with the guy; he even had one pass deflection. Coach Ward at West Mesquite told me that he wouldn't hesitate to move Miles down in press coverage on anyone except a really quick slot.

He's got great lateral movement as well; on a ten yard touchdown run from the wildcat, everyone knew that he was getting the ball, everyone ganged up on him, and yet he was able to sort through traffic and make people miss. He is a surprisingly good one cut runner and while I wouldn't put him at running back he converted three of four short yardage situations.

Fourth, he plays all of the special teams. He's the punt protector on the punt team and he also returns punts. He's an unselfish guy who will do whatever his coaches tell him to.

If he struggled in any area last night, surprisingly enough it was his tackling. He missed when he came up to the line of scrimmage on a screen and because there was no one behind him the receiver ran for a touchdown. He also allowed Centennial's quarterback to get outside of him on a short TD run even though he looked like he had an angle. I don't remember him having problems two years ago in that regard. Most of the time, he took really good angles in run support, didn't overrun plays, and turned things back inside like he was supposed to.

Overall, Miles is a really good football player who does some surprisingly athletic things that you wouldn't expect from a guy his size. He's not a blazer but he's athletic and disciplined and he's got the frame to get a lot bigger. He'll contribute on special teams early on. Most of all, he should be able to play either safety spot and flip between an in the box guy and a centerfielder without much problem.

A couple of other things:

Southlake's Kenny Hill went 16 of 17 for 256 yards and three TDs and rushed for another 137 yards on just six carries and Carroll was up 49-0 at the half. Arlington Martin was missing Kyle Hicks, the Texas commit who along with 2014 DE Myles Garrett is basically their team but after an opening game loss to Allen…Southlake has just been destroying people and Hill is hitting 69% of his passes for 23 touchdowns and just two picks.

Allen's Kyler Murray went 11 of 14 for 189 yards and three TDs and also rushed for 102 yards on eight carries and a TD as they cruised to a 63-14 win over Richardson. They were up 49-7 at the half. He's hitting 69% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and four picks and he's just 15 years old.

Hill is committed to A&M. Murray is the son of former A&M great Kevin Murray and is in the class of 2015. Of all of the quarterbacks I saw at the Elite 11 last spring, they had the best mechanics and footwork (it's no coincidence that Hill is tutored by Murray).

You look at the SEC and how they dumb down their quarterbacks and then you look at what A&M has and will have in the pipeline…A&M should have a contender for all SEC honors at the position for the rest of decade. Build a defense and an offensive line that can pass pro around those guys, and you are a contender for both SEC and national titles for a long time.

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