KNOXVILLE – With heavy uncertainty surrounding the future of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley, the Vols have lost the commitment of top safety prospect Kameron Miles.
Miles de-committed from Tennessee and switched his pledge to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
"When I got that offer from A&M, I was excited," Miles recently told ESPN.com. "I just felt like it gave me another opportunity to look at another school that’s got a new coach and a program that’s going in the right direction. Coach [Kevin] Sumlin’s a real cool coach."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound, safety out of Mesquite, Tex., was the highest rated player in Tennessee’s 2013 recruiting class to date, according to Rivals.com's rankings.
He is rated as a four-star prospect, the 125th best player nationally and the 12th best safety.
It’s an especially tough blow for the Vols because of their dire need for help in the secondary in the immediate future. Tennessee currently ranks 111th nationally in total defense, and the secondary is a big part of the reason for its lack of success.
Three-star safety/cornerback Cameron Sutton of Jonesboro, Ga., is currently the only other true defensive back in the Vols’ class at this time. Four-star athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin of Clarksville, Tenn., is listed as an ‘athlete’ by most recruiting services, but he could end up playing defensive back.
Recruiting has slowed significantly in the wake of Dooley’s tenuous job status. The Vols have only received two verbal commitments since the season began on Aug. 31 – tight end Chauntez Jackson (Oct. 13) and defensive lineman Joe Sanders (Nov. 7).