North's Miles commits to UNC football

Donnie Miles used his speed to attract college football recruiters.

The North Gwinnett defensive back was fast again on Sunday.

Miles visited the University of North Carolina on Saturday and committed to the Tar Heels on Sunday.

"I went up there to visit and I fell in love with the campus and the environment up there," Miles said. "It was the best combination of coaches, facilities, players, the campus. Education is real important to me, so I went with it."

Miles chose UNC over offers from Tennessee and Duke. He visited the Volunteers last month.

"I really liked them, but they had a different feel to them with the team, the campus and the school," Miles said. "It didn't compare to me."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Miles rushed for 674 yards and nine touchdowns as he split time with Joe Jones at running back last season. He also made 24 catches for 269 yards. Miles, who made 25 tackles and two interceptions on defense, is being recruited as a defensive back by UNC.

"I think UNC is the place for me," Miles said. "The coaches were honest with me and didn't play around."

Miles is the first Gwinnett County player to make a college commitment this year. Next year's senior class is shaping up to be the best to ever come through Gwinnett. The county had a record 20 players sign with BCS schools last month on National Signing Day. Next year's senior class already has a dozen players with BCS scholarship offers. That number will likely double after spring practice in May.

North Gwinnett offensive lineman Devondre Seymour is one of those players, picking up offers from Georgie, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and several ACC schools.

"Basically, I felt like it was it. I knew I wanted to go to that school," Miles said. "I know they were only going to take three DB's and they already had one committed. Being a Tar Heel is what I wanted to be."


Gary 3 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, Donnie, for making a commitment to play football next year for the University of North Carolina! You said that they had what you were looking for in order to receive an education and to playing football. So, you made the commitment. Just like on the football field, when you saw the opening... no dancing around for you... you hit that opening and were Gone! I also applaud you for helping out this past year's team by doing what was necessary for the Bulldogs to have another winning and undefeated regular season. You shared running with Joe Jones and you were also very effective defensive back. Good luck this coming season, Donnie! And in the future when you are a Tar Heel!


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