Recruiting is all about building relationships.
Coaches try and convince not only the player that their school is the right fit, but also the athlete’s parents. Ben Miles’ case was a bit different.
Ben, the 17-year-old son of LSU coach Les Miles, was offered a scholarship by the Tigers on Monday. Les Miles spoke with reporters on Wednesday about the offer.
“We have an established relationship over time. I was there when he was born, and really not had a lot of breaks between then.” Miles said, according to TheAdvocate.com’s Ross Dellenger.
Being there for a recruit’s birth certainly does get the ball rolling. What about convincing the parents?
“The dad is sold,” Les Miles joked.
Ben Miles is a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior fullback for Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La., and LSU is his only scholarship offer at the moment. It wasn’t Les Miles who offered the scholarship, however, as Ben got the call from running backs coach Frank Wilson, according to Nola.com’s James Smith.
Les Miles called the scholarship offer “a wonderful thing,” and it could never be a bad thing to have two Miles on the same field. Wonder if Ben likes eating grass too?