While Les Miles works the recruiting trail and prepares for LSU’s next football season, Les Miles’ son, Manny, hit the recruiting trail on his own behalf.
Manny Miles told Robin Fambrough of The Advocate he is committing to Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels as a preferred walk-on, making the choice after a visit to Chapel Hill with his mom.
“My mom and I went up there to visit a couple of weeks ago, and I just loved everything about it,” Miles said of North Carolina. “When I got home, my dad asked me to sleep on it. He wanted to make sure I wasn’t making a decision because I’d just visited there. I slept on it for about two weeks, and I knew that was still where I wanted to go.”
Playing for one’s father is a unique proposition with its own rewards and challenges. As a preferred walk-on, Manny Miles will have to really impress his college coach in practice to earn playing time. It’s probably more realistic for him to do so with Larry Fedora than with Les Miles.
Sammy Batten, Fayetteville Observer
Before Les Miles’ son arrives in Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora returns a talented quarterback who Sammy Batten writes could contend for ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2015: Marquise Williams.
Of course, Williams will have to contend with NC State’s Jacoby Brissett, the former Florida Gator who broke out last season in Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren’s second year in Raleigh.
Both Appalachian State and Wake Forest played first-year quarterbacks in 2014, with varying degrees of success. But both Appalachian State’s Taylor Lamb and Wake Forest’s John Wolford inspired enough confidence in their debut seasons to generate optimism headed into 2015.
Appalachian State could win the Sun Belt Conference in its second season as a member, returning the nation’s most veteran lineup and rolling into the new season off winning six straight to cap 2014. The Mountaineers finished bowl eligible with 7-5 record, but were banned from the postseason as part of their transitional obligation in moving up to FBS.
Essentially, Appalachian State and fast-rising Lamb faced the same issue that vexed true Sun Belt champion Georgia Southern.
As for Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons will struggle to get bowl eligible in Dave Clawson’s second season, playing in the more top-heavy of the two ACC divisions. But Clawson foresees big things from Wolford in his sophomore campaign.
Dave Hickman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
Perhaps the newcomer to Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers team best equipped to make an immediate is just a 3-star prospect: wide receiver Gary Jennings.
Dave Hickman explains Jennings’ star-rating could be the result of his playing quarterback at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virginia, or perhaps Jennings’ missing some of the higher profile scouting camps.
Whatever the reason, Gary Jennings’ first-year production could well outpace his projections.
“I didn’t get the exposure that a lot of players do because I didn’t do the Rivals camps and all that,’’ said Jennings, who expects to arrive at WVU shortly after his June 13 graduation. “I’d rather spend my time training and competing.”