MESQUITE, Texas -- The West Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas) defensive back duo of Kameron Miles and Will Earley had reason to celebrate last Tuesday. While Earley picked up his first SEC offer from Ole Miss and second overall, Miles upped his list of schools to nine by picking up an offer from Stanford. Miles has added three more offers since then.
This is becoming more and more of the norm for Miles and Earley. It was only a few weeks back when both players were questioning if they were even good enough to play college football.
Now, it seems like they hear a program is either interested or offering on a daily basis.
"It's all happening so fast," said Miles, who has offers from UCLA, TCU, Arkansas and Oregon State, among others. "There were colleges that I never had contact with offering me. It's just shocking, but I'm thankful that it's happening. It makes us all want to keep working."
Miles and Earley are two-thirds of a West Mesquite trio self-dubbed the "Terrible three". Combined with wide receiver Eldridge Massington, the trio holds nearly 25 offers.
"When they went to Baylor's junior day, [head coach] Art Briles said he wanted a lot of BICs -- players who were the best in the country," West Mesquite defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Kyle Ward said. "I think they took that and ran with it, and their goals are to show everyone they're the best in the country."
Miles and Earley, first and foremost, instantly pass the eyeball test. Miles, a safety, is 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. Earley, a cornerback, is 6-1 and 190 pounds.
West Mesquite head coach Mike Overton credits Miles for being the leader of the defense. He said Miles is a player who consistently is trying to perfect his skill as an overall athlete -- not just as a safety. Miles is also on the West Mesquite basketball team, and Overton said Miles will often times finish basketball practice and then work on secondary drills.
"I can't say enough about Kameron Miles," Overton said. "Not only is he a great football player, but he also is a great leader and a fantastic student. There are so many positive qualities about him, on and off the field, and I know he's going to be a huge success at the next level. He's got a great work ethic and a desire to be the best."
Earley is considered the sleeper of the bunch. While many colleges were eyeing Miles on defense and Massington on offense, Earley continued to quietly impress scouts with his play. Considered a hybrid cornerback who could shine at safety, Earley has good size, 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and a will to rise above the critics.
Overton said the untapped potential in Earley may result in a college picking up an outstanding player.
"Will's really found his niche at corner," Overton said. "He's a big kid who can flip his hips and run. His size and ability to run gives us options on when we can lock him down on bigger receivers. He's developing into a phenomenal playmaker, and he's got all the characteristics to really be special. Once he gets on a college campus, he's going to open some eyes."
Ward is happy for his players, but he's most proud that while the offers come, they refuse to be complacent. Ward instills in his players to never be satisfied.
"Every kid is different," he said, "but if you can get the maximum potential out of each kid, that potential can be through the roof if you convince them never to be satisfied. For guys like Miles and Earley, that's expected."
The 2012 season will show just how serious both defensive backs are. The upcoming weeks could cap that determination with a verbal commitment from a high-profile program.
"That's what you work for, right?" Miles said.
Damon Sayles covers Midlands recruiting for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @DamonSayles