LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- LaFayette's Dimitri Miles considers math his best subject in the classroom, but he solved his toughest and most important equation on the football field: He figured out that talent plus hard work equals college scholarship offers.
"I've always had a good motor," the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Ramblers receiver said recently. "I come to practice ready to work. Whether working out or watching film, I'm never going to give up. I want to play until the last tick, and I know that if I can do that on the field, I can do it in the classroom."
Miles, who earned Class AAA all-state honorable mention last year, considers his performance against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe his "breakout game."
"I didn't play up to the level I liked to against Trion," said Miles, who had six catches for 141 yards and three scores against LFO. "I went out that game and caught everything that was thrown at me."
He finished the season with 43 catches for 700-plus yards and 14 touchdowns and added 300 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. He had another big game against Carrollton Central, with eight catches for 109 yards and two scores.
He wants to help the 2009 Ramblers advance deep into the playoffs.
"Hopefully we can even make it to the state championship," he said. "I think we can if we play at the level we're capable of playing at."
Staff Photo by Patrick Smith Dimitri Miles is a 2008 Best of Preps football star from LaFayette High School. Photo taken Dec. 3. 2008.
Miles' play has earned him some major college looks, including offers from Central Florida, Louisville and Memphis.
"When I got the first offer from UCF, I was shocked," he said. "I didn't really expect to get it, but I had always dreamed about it and it was a big thing for me. At this point, I'm just being patient and open to anyone. I'm just going to check out my options because I know more will come."
Although not playing much defense in the past, Miles is open to additional playing time on that side of the ball this year. He admitted, though, that there's nothing like having the ball on offense.
"I like hitting people," he said. "I try to get all I can into the hit and do some damage, but I can also do some damage on offense. There's something about running over somebody. It's like you own them."