Predicting Whether Cyler Miles Will Pick USC or Washington
One of the nation's top prospects reportedly skipped out on his school's signing ceremony this morning.
Rivals.com 4-star quarterback Cyler Miles has been a Washington commitment since June 2011, which he reaffirmed as recently as Monday.
According to a report from the Denver Post, however, Miles was undecided as recently as last night. The 5-star, dual threat quarterback prospect recently visited Southern Cal, and according to the Denver Post, sources say his choices are down to Washington and USC, with Auburn and Florida also in the mix.
With mere hours remaining until Miles makes his final decision, we offer the reasons why he should choose each school on the list and finally a prediction on where Miles will end up.
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Why shouldn't Miles stick with his current commitment? Steve Sarkisian has rebuilt an incredible staff over the offseason and is currently working on one of the Huskies' best recruiting classes ever.
Sarkisian replaced offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier—who recently left for the same post at Alabama—with former California offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau. Surely the differences between the two aren't enough to warrant Miles backing out on an eight-month long commitment.
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If we've learned anything about Lane Kiffin over the last few years, it's that he usually gets what he wants—especially when what he wants is a late commitment from a highly touted player.
Kiffin's history working with quarterbacks is well-documented. He gets the most out of his players and has a team stacked with talent for a title run in 2012. Miles would have to sit a year while Matt Barkley tries to win a Heisman, but there are many more reasons to choose USC than just about any team reportedly on his list.
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The last dual-threat quarterback to play at Auburn ended up being pretty good.
Obviously the genius behind that offense, Gus Malzahn, had moved on, but the reality is that Auburn is still just one season removed from winning a national championship.
Auburn is set for the next few years after bringing in some of the nation's best talent in the past couple of recruiting classes. Miles seemingly could take the quarterback reins from day one at Auburn. And what top high school prospect wouldn't want to play in the SEC?
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Florida has already signed a quarterback recruit in this class, but adding another—especially one of Miles' caliber—would not hurt.
In case you didn't watch the Gators play in 2011, they had some serious issues at the position.
Miles would likely compete for the starting job with Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett in 2012. And again, who wouldn't want to play at a school that has two BCS titles in the last six seasons?
Prediction: USC Trojans
The co-MVP of the US Army All-American Bowl reportedly has papers from USC and Washington and will decide which one to sign within the next few hours.
It's a good sign for the Trojans that Miles' confusion apparently settled in shortly after his visit to Los Angeles. Lane Kiffin is an incredible recruiter and a remarkable quarterback mentor and coach.
Prediction: The 6'4", 220-pound quarterback is probably USC-bound.