Cyler Miles says he isn’t afraid of competition.
Good thing, because suddenly, quarterback looks to be about as competitive as any other position at Washington heading into the future.
Miles, a senior-to-be at Mullen High in Denver, officially announced his commitment to Washington today, a decision actually made a week or so ago, becoming the second QB for the Class of 2012. Mercer Island’s Jeff Lindquist committed to UW in late April.
“I think every school, there is another quarterback that is going to be there,” Miles, pictured above in an Aurora Sentinel photo, said this morning. “That wasn’t a big factor. You’re going to have to compete wherever you go, that’s how I look at it.”
Miles, who said he stands 6-4 and weighs about 220 pounds, said he visited UW during spring practice and that “I loved everything about it. It just seemed to fit. I could really see myself there for the next four, five years. I narrowed the schools down and I just decided that’s where I had be the best relationship with the coaches and the players. I loved being around the guys. That’s how I determined the decision.” Miles, who said he might pursue a sports psychology major, also said he was impressed with the attention the coaches and school paid to academics.
His father, Brian, was a running back at Colorado before suffering a knee injury that ended his career. Miles said Colorado was initially a consideration but that the Buffs also recently got another commitment from a quarterback (Shane Dillon) and that “it just wasn’t the best fit for me, I didn’t think.”
Miles said he also seriously considered Illinois and Tennessee as well as Florida and Arkansas.
He was 144-212 passing last season (67.9 percent) for 2,114 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 255 yards and six touchdowns for Mullen, a private Catholic school that won the state 5A title last fall.
Current UW receiver Devin Aguilar also attended Mullen, and Miles said that helped in the initial learning process about Washington.
What also helped was seeing the Huskies on the field the last few years.
“Watching Jake Locker play, that was probably the initial thing,” he said. “And seeing the pro-style offense they run. It’s similar to what we run here. I just kind of kept looking into it and everything fell into place. I fell in love with the place.”
Indeed, Miles said that while he is generally categorized as a dual-threat QB, he considers himself more of a pro-style quarterback.
Miles has played quarterback since he was 7, and dropped basketball once he got to high school to concentrate on football and track. He said he ran a best of a 10.89 100 this spring.
He made the announcement today, he said, since Mullen completed finals earlier this week and he wanted to wait until school was over but have it done by thee time the team begins summer conditioning “so I could devote full attention to the season. And I was ready. I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t ready.”
Miles said he will not be able to follow in the footsteps of some other recent QBs and graduate early to enroll in time for spring practice. “I wish I could, but Mullen doesn’t let us graduate early, so I’ll have to wait until this time of the year,” he said. “I would, but Mullen doesn’t let us.”
Once he does enroll in fall of 2012 he figures to be one of five QBs on the UW roster. By then, Keith Price will be a junior, Nick Montana a sophomore, Derrick Brown entering his second year, with Lindquist also in the fold by then.
UW has had just three scholarship QBs on the roster during the first two years of the Steve Sarkisian era — Locker, Ronnie Fouch and Price in 2009, and Locker, Price and Montana last year. UW will also have just three in 2011 — Price, Montana and Brown.
But with Locker now off to the NFL and the future at the QB spot uncertain until someone grabs a hold of it with their play on the field, the Huskies aren’t taking any chances, filling out the game’s most important position as best they can for the future.
Miles is the fourth overall commit for UW’s Class of 2012 (players can sign letters beginning Feb. 1) with the Huskies now setting their sights on other positions to fill out the group, with notable needs on the offensive line and cornerback.
UW already has one offer out to a quarterback for the Class of 2013 — Max Browne of Skyline.