“No one had talked to me about playing college football, so I didn’t think I was on that level,” said Miles, who transferred to Hylton in early 2012 from Osbourn. “I always saw [football] as something to fill my time or keep from getting overweight or being lazy.”
Miles’s plans have changed considerably. An invitation to Navy’s junior day this spring and subsequent offer to play for the Midshipmen convinced the 6-foot-5, 240-pound lineman that his name belonged on a college roster, not a payroll, in the fall of 2013.
Miles attended Osbourn Park his first two years of high school, when his family lived with his grandparents in that school zone, he said. Then he played at Osbourn as a junior when his family moved into the City of Manassas. He was a second-team all-Cedar Run District pick for the Eagles last season.
He said his family moved in with another relative in Woodbridge earlier this year, which is when he enrolled at Hylton. The Bulldogs have gone unbeaten the past two regular seasons and boast All-Met linebacker E.J. Levenberry, a Florida State commit; coveted junior quarterback Travon McMillian and senior lineman Chasz Wright, who has offers from Old Dominion and Connecticut.
“I like the guys,” Miles said. “They’re all really great. If I could have stayed at Osbourn, that would have been great, too.”
Better to tackle for the Bulldogs than against them. Hylton knocked Miles and Osbourn out of the Virginia AAA Northwest Region Division 6 playoffs last season 54-26 when the Eagles were an emergency fill-in for Gar-Field, which had to drop out of the postseason for using an ineligible player.
Miles, who does not plan to choose a college until after his senior season, said it doesn’t feel odd to have all these offers without having played a down at his current school.
“Whether I got noticed at one school and transferred to another makes no difference,” he said. “I still did the work.”