By Perry A. Farrell
SMSB Editor in Chief
After receiving 17 offers, including Michigan, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Indiana, Iowa State, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Western Virginia, Class of 2022 defensive tackle Davonte Miles decided to be a Wolverine in December of 2020.
“I may have committed too soon, but it felt right at the time,’’ said the River Rouge star. “I feel like I kind of rushed it as far as my commitment. I was seeing all this transfer portal stuff, but I feel like it (Michigan) was the best chance I had, and I took it. I’m happy with my decision.’’
Miles has been part of Sound Mind Sound Body since his sophomore year. He said he went to Tennessee with SMSB and found the experience beneficial.
“It gave me a little exposure, but I feel like Coach (Corey) Parker really helped me,’’ Miles said of his high school coach. “Coach Parker is a great person. He helped me with my recruiting reports. He’s the one that got me in contact with the college coaches. Everyone I looked at for college, he contacted them.’’
Miles has grown into a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man-mountain who fills a position of need at Michigan.
Rivals.com ranked him as the 26th best player in the state of Michigan and if the Panthers hope to make another trip to the state title Miles will be an integral part of the process.
Rouge fell to DeWitt, 40-30, in the Division 3 title game last season.
“I’m an older guy on the team now and I’m one of the leaders,’’ Miles said. “I try to give advice to the younger players because of my experience.
“We have a great program at River Rouge. Our weight training at River Rouge is like a college program. Coach Parker does a terrific job getting us bigger and stronger.’’
Miles identified where he’s gotten better.
“I’ve gotten better with my hands and my feet,’’ said Miles. “I’m a lot more athletic now.
“Because we have a great program at Rouge nothing was given to me. I had to work for everything I’ve gotten. Coach Parker helps you become an even better worker.
“Everything is about getting a state title. That’s what I’m working hard for. If you’re not with me, you’re against me. We are a young group, but we are very hard working. I can’t sit back and chill. I have to teach the younger players. I’m trying to be the best version of me.’’
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— D-tay (@DavonteMiles90) January 6, 2020