Starkville High quarterback Gabe Myles (5) verbally committed to Mississippi State Tuesday.
June 12, 2012 12:11:57 PM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University football program got its eighth verbal commitment for the 2013 recruiting class and didn't have to go very far to earn it.
According to 247Sports.com reporter Paul Jones, Starkville High School athlete Gabe Myles committed to the Bulldogs program Tuesday morning making it the fourth MSU verbal pledge in as many days.
Myles, a rising senior who played wide receiver two seasons ago, accounted for 2.686 total yards at quarterback of the Yellowjackets program that make it to the Class 5A state championship games last year. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound signal caller, who will likely be moved to a defensive secondary position at MSU, totaled 26 total touchdowns last year in route to being a first-team selection by The Dispatch.
Myles threw two touchdowns to lead Starkville to a 17-8 victory against Columbus High in a spring football game this past April. Myles was 10 of 19 for 181 yards with the two scores and an interception.
In his most impressive game of the 2011 season, helped Starkville score the final 21 points and orchestrated a 26-23 come-from-behind victory at Ridgeland High School in a Class 5A, Region 2 game.
"He is a guy our guys look to," Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said of Myles last season "He knows the game. He makes just about straight As in the classroom, and that transfers over here. He is a very deep thinker, and that's a good thing. He is searching for a grasp of what everybody is doing. As he continues to get better and better, that knowledge base is going to continue to build. If we can keep him healthy, he is going to be all right."
In his most impressive game throwing the football Myles was 12 of 14 for 216 yards and five passing touchdowns to help Starkville dominate Hernando 42-28 in a Class 5A first-round playoff game. He became the first player in Starkville High history to have more than 200 yards since Jaquez Johnson accomplished the feat last year against Tupelo.
Myles was part of the 4x200 relay, with Terrance McCarter,, Scottie Pittman, and QuVarious Robertson which placed second in the North State meet this spring with a time of 1:29.63.
Myles will continue the family tradition of playing at MSU with his father Eddie having lettered as a defensive back from 1987-1990 for the Bulldogs program.
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