The Boise State football team has capitalized on defensive coordinator Marcel Yates’ ties to Texas A&M for another high-level recruit.
Former Texas A&M safety Kam Miles committed to Boise State on Saturday while visiting campus.
Miles plans to arrive in January as a redshirt sophomore.
“It’s a nice, beautiful-looking city,” Miles said. “When I came here, this was the only offer I had. I looked at it as a second opportunity. With the relationship I have with coach Yates, I trust him. And with the relationship I have with (defensive backs coach Julius Brown) and (head coach Bryan Harsin), I really have belief and faith in what they’re trying to do and turn around the program. I feel I can benefit from them and they can help me get to the next level.”
Miles played at Butler Community College in Kansas this season, the same school that sent defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and tailback Derrick Thomas to Boise State.
Miles has 50 tackles in 11 games this season.
“I just really went to Butler so I can get the feel of the game again, just get the confidence again,” he said. “This was really getting back into the game. I’m back in the groove, so I’m ready.”
Miles redshirted at Texas A&M in 2013, when Yates was the Aggies’ defensive backs coach and co-defensive coordinator. Yates recruited him. Miles expected to play as a true freshman but tore the meniscus in one knee before fall camp.
Miles was dismissed from the team in March 2014. He apologized for a “mistake” on Twitter, according to ESPN.com. Miles declined to provide a reason for the dismissal Saturday.
Miles played at West Mesquite (Texas) High with current Boise State true freshman safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner. Sumner-Gardner committed to Texas A&M but decided to follow Yates to Boise State. The Broncos also have a commit from West Mesquite wide receiver Akilian Butler.
“It kind of helped, too, knowing that I have some close friends from my background,” Miles said. “ (Sumner-Gardner) would give me a little tweet in the ear every once in a while, saying, ‘We can do some big things here.’ ”
Miles was rated the No. 13 safety in the country in his high school recruiting class by ESPN.com and Rivals.com and the No. 10 safety by Scout.com. He was a U.S. Army All-American and a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
The Broncos lose senior safeties Corey Bell and Jeremy Ioane off this year’s team. They’ll have key contributors Darian Thompson (senior to be), Chanceller James (junior) and Sumner-Gardner (sophomore) returning.
I talked to Butler coach Tory Morrell. Here are a few highlights from him:
— On Miles this season: “He’s been an impact player. He’s a guy who’s made a lot of plays in the secondary and on special teams also. He’s just one of those guys who’s very unselfish and has a genuine passion for the game. You can’t take him off the field.”
— Morrell recruited Miles on the recommendation of Brown and former Boise State graduate assistant Kyle Ward, who has worked at West Mesquite.
— Morrell on Miles off the field: “He’s been great. No issues at all. He’s a great kid. He’s a smart kid in the classroom.”
2015 RECRUITING CLASS
— OL Garrett Larson, 6-4, 250, Fruitland HS
— QB Brett Rypien, 6-2, 185, Shadle Park HS (Spokane, Wash.)
— WR Akilian Butler, 5-10, 181, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— CB Ladarryl Blair, 6-0, 183, South Oak Cliff HS (Dallas)
— DB Damion Wright, 6-1, 195, Bishop Mora Salesian (Los Angeles)
— WR Bryan Jefferson, 6-0, 180, Leesburg (Fla.) HS
— LB Drew Berger, 6-3, 223, Coeur d’Alene HS
— OT John Molchon, 6-5, 270, Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas)
— CB Marnez Ogletree, 5-11, 190, Fullerton College (Gwinett, Ga.)
— DL Ben Moa, 6-4, 275, Grossmont College (San Diego)
— S Kam Miles, 6-2, 205, Butler CC (Dallas)
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