State of Sports: On second thought, Londonderry’s Ty Miles picks UNH

Feb. 9—THE University of New Hampshire football staff got a second chance to recruit Londonderry’s Ty Miles, and took full advantage of the opportunity.

Miles, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior at Londonderry High School, officially became a Wildcat on Wednesday when he signed a National Letter of Intent to play football in Durham.

Miles gave a verbal commitment to Holy Cross in July, but continued to explore his other options when Holy Cross head coach Bob Chesney left the program in December to become the head coach at James Madison. That’s when UNH swooped in and put the full-court press on Miles, the state’s top prospect.

“I was planning on signing on the first signing date with Holy Cross, but I had to rethink all of that and choose what was best for me,” Miles said. “At that moment (Chesney leaving) I was like, ‘Wow. I don’t know what I’m going to do.’

“UNH was respectful when I committed (to Holy Cross). They wanted to know why I chose Holy Cross and everything and I explained it. They left me alone. When I reopened up (his recruitment), they came back and honestly fixed all the things I told them I wished they did better. They definitely did that and a lot of other things, which was great. … This second time around they couldn’t have done anything better.”

Miles, who missed most of his junior year with a knee injury, took an official visit to UNH in late January and texted UNH coach Rick Santos to inform him of his commitment a couple days after the visit. Miles received his scholarship offer from UNH at the New Hampshire Football Showcase at Saint Anselm College last summer.

He had close to 20 Division I scholarship offers, including UMass, URI, Holy Cross, Fordham, Columbia, Bucknell, Brown, Cornell, Navy, Dartmouth and Harvard.

“I didn’t want to push him away from Holy Cross just because they changed head…


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Author : New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester

Publish date : 2024-02-10 04:59:00

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