Published Friday, December 7, 2012 AT 1:13 PM / Updated at 2:33 PM
Recruiting: Ohio DE commits to Nebraska on the spot
Jon Nyatawa Omaha World-Herald

Canton (Ohio) McKinley defensive end Antoine Miles didn’t have a Nebraska offer until Friday. And once NU graduate assistant Vince Marrow extended it, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Miles committed on the spot. He’s the 16th commit of the Huskers’ 2013 class and the first of what could be many defensive line commits before Signing Day.

Why did Miles jump at Marrow’s offer?

“There are lot of Ohio-Nebraska connections on that roster,” Miles said. “That’s always a plus.”

Miles said he finished with 73 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks for Canton McKinley, a traditional power in the state of Ohio. His other top school was Cincinnati, which just lost its head coach, Butch Jones, to Tennessee. Pittsburgh, Indiana and Purdue were also in the mix.

McKinley coach Todd Filtz said Miles could be an end or interior defensive lineman in college. He expects Nebraska to “put some weight on him” once he arrives in Lincoln.

“He’s a explosive defensive player,” Filtz said. “His first step to the quarterback has to be among the fastest I’ve seen.”

We’ll have more on Miles’ commit later.

Miles, who was named to the Ohio Division I all-state second team after his senior year. Nebraska’s other two DE recruits: JUCO Randy Gregory (6-6, 230) and A.J. Natter (6-6, 240).

More on Miles to come.

And presumably, more DL commitments are on the horizon for the Huskers. They’re searching for help up front, as Sam wrote earlier this week.

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Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008. He and his laptop, cell phone, tape recorder, pen and notebook all live in Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter: @JonNyatawa. Email him here: jon.nyatawa@owh.com. He welcomes feedback.