We're looking at two programs that are trending in two very opposite directions right now, so choosing A&M over Tennessee was definitely the right call for the safety from Mesquite, Texas.
Damon Sayles of ESPN.com reports on Miles' commitment:
The ESPN 300 safety confirmed early Wednesday evening -- hours after decommitting from Tennessee -- that he is taking his talents to College Station, Texas, and will play for the Aggies. Miles, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety, said the opportunity to play for a rising SEC program that was a short drive from home -- versus a plane ride away -- proved to be too difficult to pass up.
“No. 1, it’s in the SEC,” said Miles of Texas A&M, fresh off a stellar win against previous No. 1 Alabama. “No. 2, it’s in Texas, so I won’t have to go anywhere. The program is going in the right direction with a new coach.”
Momentum is such a huge factor in college football, and it's even more important in the world of college football recruiting.
Recruits look at many factors when making a decision, but one of the biggest things they look at is the momentum of a program and which way it is trending. If they can watch a team play on Saturday and see themselves not only winning, but winning meaningful games with said team in the future, that program's chances go way up.
Sure, academics, proximity, family and comfort all also play into a commitment, but the bottom line with many elite players is winning. They've gotten to become a big-time recruit because they are used to winning, and that's something that they're going to want to continue in the future.
That's a huge reason why Alabama has been so successful in recruiting under Nick Saban, and why Urban Meyer and Ohio State look poised to become a national powerhouse again. Those coaches know how to win championships, and that's the ultimate recruiting pitch.
Texas A&M appears to be right on the doorstep of being a powerhouse.
They have an exciting offense led by a great young quarterback in Johnny Manziel, and with their win over Alabama last weekend, they showed the college football world that they're capable of doing great things with Manziel at the helm.
To make things even more appealing, Manziel is a redshirt freshman, so he's going to remain with the Aggies for at least a few more years, and one can only imagine that he'll get better as he gains more experience, which is a scary thought for other programs.
Add on to that the fact that the Aggies are now in the SEC, which is a huge draw, and it makes perfect sense why Miles chose to give Texas A&M his commitment.
At the moment, they provide everything Tennessee cannot.
The Volunteers are trending in the wrong direction. They haven't won a game in the SEC this season, and are 4-6 on the year. Their defense is giving up an abysmal 37 points per game, and to make things worse, head coach Derek Dooley's future with the program is extremely uncertain.
Tennessee is a program that's in need of a rebuild, and like it or not, it's going to take some time for the Volunteers to pick themselves back up and become competitive within the SEC, let alone nationally.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M has become the talk of the college football world, and the sky is the limit in the next few seasons.
Much of recruiting is about momentum and trends. Texas A&M is trending upwards, while Tennessee is undoubtedly trending down.
4-star safety Kameron Miles made the right decision to commit to the Aggies.