- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Vince Marrow was instrumental in three-star defensive end Antoine Miles committing to Nebraska. So Marrow was the reason Miles decommitted a few weeks later when the former Huskers assistant coach left the program.
And this coming weekend, Miles will follow him again and visit Kentucky, where Marrow is now the tight ends coach. It will be the first visit to Kentucky for Miles, the No. 54-ranked defensive end who also projects as a defensive tackle.
“I just want to get a chance to see the campus and get a feel there,” Miles said.
Miles had an in-home visit with new Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops in December before the dead period. Stoops offered Miles shortly after Marrow joined the program Dec. 12. Miles said the visit went well, but he has only met Stoops and Marrow and is eager to meet the rest of the Wildcats staff.
Just because Marrow is at Kentucky does not mean Miles is a lock to land in Lexington. Miles has been the target of new coaching staffs the last month, as new Purdue coach Darrell Hazell also offered Miles recently.
Hazell called Miles in December to let him know the Boilermakers wanted to offer. Hazell was familiar with Miles from his time at nearby Kent State. Miles will officially visit Purdue the weekend of Jan. 18.
Kentucky and Purdue represent Miles’ top two, and he said West Virginia could get an official visit if the Mountaineers offer. As for a leader, Miles said it will “depend on how my visits go.”
Miles is planning a decision a week before signing day.
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