Of all the teams in the SEC, if not the country, that cannot afford to lose quality talent on the defensive side of the ball, Texas A&M sticks out.
Which is why this story stings.
Update: March 25 – 9:05 a.m. ET
According to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com, Miles is transferring to Butler Community College in Kansas next season:
Former Texas A&M safety Kameron Miles confirmed he’s headed to Butler C.C. (@butlergrizzlies). Will start there in July.— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) March 24, 2014
Ostensibly, Miles is doing so with the hope of one day returning to the FBS ranks.
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According to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com, redshirt freshman safety Kameron Miles has been dismissed from the team:
Texas A&M makes it official announcing redshirt freshman safety Kameron Miles has been dismissed from the team. #ESPN300 signee in '13 class— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) March 6, 2014
Taylor Hamm of 247Sports reports that Miles committed a "violation of team rules," leading Miles to apologize on Twitter for his actions. His account has been deleted, but a screenshot of the apology, via College Spun, can be found here.
Though the nature of the violation has yet to be publicly declared, Rivals.com is reporting that he was involved in a theft via Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle.
Miles was a 4-star recruit and the No. 156 overall player in the class of 2013, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also the No. 14 safety and No. 19 player in the state of Texas, having played his high school ball at West Mesquite.
Expected to compete for a starting job after redshirting in 2013, Miles now leaves the Aggies with a dangerously thin state of affairs in the secondary. Already Tony Hurd Jr. and Tremain Jacobs are gone from a defense that ranked 12th in the SEC in pass defense.
Miles' dismissal is also the latest in a long string of behavioral problems by Texas A&M players this offseason.
Linebacker Darian Claiborne and defensive tackle Isaiah Golden have both been suspended indefinitely from the team after getting in trouble with the law.
According to Khan Jr., Golden, who appeared in 11 games and made six starts last season, was arrested for possession of marijuana while Claiborne, who appeared in 12 games, made nine starts and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, was issued a noise violation.
"It's a concern," said head coach Kevin Sumlin after announcing those players' suspensions. And that was before this most recent report.
The concern just grew even bigger.