Donovan Miles is one of the hottest names in the 2008 football recruiting class. The 6-1, 225-pound linebacker prospect out of Brooke Point (Stafford, VA) is four for four – he has provided only four Division 1A programs with junior tape, but all four have come back with scholarship offers.
“It’s almost like a tape recording,” Brooke Point head coach Jeff Berry said, referring to the response of college coaches to Miles’ tape. “It’s funny how they all seem to have the same eye. They know what they are looking for. The first thing that comes out to them is that Donovan is real explosive. He runs well. And when he gets to the ball, he makes an impact.”
Miles tallied 130 tackles in his junior season. It was his first season at Brooke Point, as he had transferred from West Springfield High School. Before the season started, Coach Berry was informed that the player he was getting was going to be a good one in more ways than one.
“He kind of just fell in our laps,” Berry said of Miles. “I guess we’re lucky.
“When I found out we were getting him, I e-mailed [West Springfield Head] Coach [Bill] Renner. Coach Renner e-mailed me back and had nothing but the highest praise for Donovan on and off the field. He said Donovan would be a blessing to our program. He was 100-percent right on. He has done a lot of good things for our program. He is one of our best players. He is also one of the hardest working players. To have your best player be your hardest working is a pretty good thing.”
To Berry, Miles has been most impressive with the work and improvement shown in the classroom.
“For whatever reason, when he came to us he wasn’t real strong in the classroom,” Berry said. “We surrounded him with good people and he has raised his GPA by almost five tenths of a point now. He is up to about 2.7. He has done a really good job. He takes it as a challenge. Now, he is attacking his work. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
The four schools that have offered include Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. UVa is the most recent school to offer.
“Coach Bernstein came down on a whim right before Christmas break,” Berry said. “He was just stopping by to say hi and see if we had any players. I told him that...
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