Donnie Miles: Atlanta DB commits to North Carolina over Tennessee

North Gwinnett safety Donnie Miles (AJC)

North Gwinnett safety Donnie Miles (AJC)

One of Atlanta’s top defensive backs committed to North Carolina on Sunday night.

Donnie Miles, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound safety from North Gwinnett High School, picked North Carolina over Tennessee. Miles said he was also getting looks from South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech and UGA, among others.

Miles committed to North Carolina after visiting this weekend. “I went up there for a visit and it changed my whole outlook on everything. They have a new coaching staff and it’s a great college town. I loved it. I fell in love with North Carolina.”

What about the NCAA probation? Last week, North Carolina was placed on three years of probation, including the loss of 15 scholarships and a ban from a bowl game this season, for improper benefits.

“That didn’t affect my decision,” Miles said. “I think it stinks for the kids there [at North Carolina] now because they had nothing to do with it. I feel bad for them. But I believe in coach [Larry Fedora] and how he’s turning the program around.”

Miles has a 2.5 core GPA and plans to study Business. Tennessee was considered Donnie’s frontrunner before this weekend.

“I really liked the coaches at both schools,” Miles said. “But it was combination of things at North Carolina. It just has a ‘family feel’ to it, it’s a great college town, and it felt like home. I’m 100-percent committed to North Carolina and I’m done with recruiting.”

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30 comments Add your comment

Blake

March 18th, 2012
8:21 pm

dewaynedixon

March 18th, 2012
8:22 pm

Good luck and get an education!!!

JB

March 18th, 2012
8:26 pm

Slow night. This may set a record. I’ll be number three. Hope we get some news to post by the A.M.

hugedawgfan

March 18th, 2012
8:45 pm

Best of luck, Donnie. Now stick it to GT when you get the chance!!!

Im 5TH guys !!! :D

March 18th, 2012
9:29 pm

this is the the best i ever got…. oh… i forgot. i guess someone commited. lol

The kid made a good choice....

March 18th, 2012
9:30 pm

Who want’s to play for Jr anyway.

Knox Culpepper

March 18th, 2012
10:02 pm

UNC? I thought they were a basketball school. Shows you what I know.

Dust Dawgs

March 18th, 2012
10:04 pm

Why didnt the Dawgs go after him hard we need alot of DBs for this recruiting class come on Rodney Gardner what are u doing im tired of good talent leaving this state!!!!!!!!

Beast from the East

March 18th, 2012
10:11 pm

Good choice for an education. Nice college town, too. Good luck young man.

kingdaddy

March 18th, 2012
10:13 pm

Why go to a school on probation? Makes very little since to me. My take is he will probably change his mind a few times before he signs with a school…

Dawg48

March 18th, 2012
10:25 pm

Head Furman Bisher passed away.

chaz

March 18th, 2012
10:28 pm

UGA doesn’t need 5′11″ and 185 pound safties.

DawgFan4Lyfe

March 18th, 2012
10:44 pm

Good kid, good choice. UGA will get the players they need, congrats go to Donnie Miles for making his dream of playing college ball a reality.

bitter grassy knoll

March 18th, 2012
11:05 pm

good choice for you, help get N.C. back on track, glad you did not select little saban and tenn-ur-say

doolly will be teamed up with saban next year as a D.back coach—-his entire coaching staff vacaded

————————————-moonpie

JRW7

March 18th, 2012
11:06 pm

Did UGA even offer?

bitter grassy knoll

March 18th, 2012
11:06 pm

@crimson curd 69—————-tusk–a–looser—moonpie eating, waterboy—hahahah

wreckmaniac

March 18th, 2012
11:11 pm

DUST DAWG: UGA should be allowed to have 500-600 scholly players so they can get every good player in the state. Then they can be sure of a nat champ.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 19th, 2012
9:39 am

UNC is a Beautiful place. He better be ready to work HARD with the 2.5 GPA. UNC is a difficult school. Have fun and I hope you enjoy your time in school.

UGA Insider

March 19th, 2012
10:22 am

Tenn will employ the high school coach at the last minute and he will sign with Tenn.

Dawg Haus

March 19th, 2012
10:50 am

Congrats, Donnie! UNC is a great school and Chapel Hill is a top-notch town.

Phil

March 19th, 2012
10:56 am

2.5 GPA??? Good Kid is all he is.

Italian_29

March 19th, 2012
11:19 am

Good for him. I don’t understand why people cannot just say something nice and move on. Enough with the, “well we didn’t want him anyway” crap. He is not going to qualify, too short, or too slow, blah, blah, blah. Just say something nice and move on. Everyone of the teams we root for will get the players that they need, no sense in bashing a 17 year old because he didn’t choose the school that you root for.

Peach Fuzz

March 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

I was on the UNC campus over the weekend. What a beautiful campus, and Chapel Hill was all that I had heard it was. The campus was overrun by brainy high school kids trying to get accepted there. I hope this kid tries to achieve academic success as well as success on the gridiron. The first being a far loftier and more noble goal. Too bad the fans of most large universities just happen to be football heads.

ClinchCountyDawg

March 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

Things must be bad for Tenn. They lose a DB to a mediocre ACC football program that just got hammered by the NCAA. Derek is looking shaky.

Promethius

March 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Clinch….Dawg, you must be one of the FB heads Peach Fuzz was referring to. Get a life, quit feeling so inferior and stop hating.

ClinchCountyDawg

March 19th, 2012
1:52 pm

Promethius

The college experience is so much better in the fall with a great football team to pull for. Excellence in academics and athletics is the best. They are not mutually exclusive.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 19th, 2012
2:58 pm

clinch…..how would you know? You are a Mutt fan that doesn’t know about either. Chapel hill is beautiful and a lot better than UGa.

2,000 lbs of grade A b_tthurt

March 19th, 2012
6:52 pm

@bitter grassy whatever: jealous much? Good grief, pal, celebrate your own program’s success and quit with the sour grapes already. I love reading “family feel” as a reason to choose a team – CNS makes the school feel like a place to LEARN and not like a place to get comfortable. RTR!!!

hugedawgfan

March 19th, 2012
8:21 pm

Hey 2000ib of butt whatever–go sell crazy somewhere else–we are all stocked up here.

ridgelandpanthers07

March 20th, 2012
1:39 pm

Pretty sure tennessee wanted Vonn Bell instead.