Les Miles is known for his shrewd gamesmanship, his solid recruiting and his strange grass-fed diet, but most-of-all, the LSU national-championship winning coach is known for being one of college football's great personalities.
However, while Miles may have sold the country on his talents as a coach, it looks like his hardest sell is still at home.
That's because his son, Manny Miles, a three-star quarterback in the 2015 class, has told him that he won't be playing for the Tigers anytime soon.
Probably never, in fact.
The Detroit News reported the story in a larger piece about the younger Miles, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect from University High-Baton Rouge:
“I said to him, ‘Under what circumstance could you come to LSU?’” Les Miles said to the News.
“He says, ‘None.’
“He said, ‘Dad, you’re the head coach. I don’t...see that path.’ Right now, I’m recruiting him. The good news is, I can work on him pretty good.”
Les Miles went on to say that he would love to see his son play at the University of Michigan, where the two were visiting for a recruitment camp.
It's a funny twist in the type of odd story that seems to only surround a character like the Mad Hatter. Purely evaluating Manny Miles as a prospect, it doesn't seem like losing him would be much of a loss for a team as talented as the Tigers.
Then again, it has to sting when your own son won't play for you.
Les Miles has other quarterbacks on his mind at the moment.
The Tigers are going through a moment of transition at the position, after seeing quarterback Zach Mettenberger graduate, enter the NFL Draft, and be drafted by the Tennessee Titans. He was a two-year starter and team captain, so his cleats will be difficult to fill.
That being said, freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings have been fighting through the spring to take on the new signal-caller role.
All reports from spring training camp seemed to indicate that Harris had been the more impressive of the two so far, throwing for touchdowns and showing off running ability as well. In the 2014 Spring Game in April, Jennings faded with two interceptions while taking four sacks.
Which is all to say that, even if Manny Miles doesn't end up committing to play for his dad a year from now, the Tigers will still have plenty of quarterbacks to work with.
And while it may have been a tough sell at home, it shouldn't be hard to sell most top prospects on playing for the Mad Hatter in Baton Rouge.
His record should be enough to make that point clear: Les Miles has gone 85-21 in his nine years at LSU, winning a national championship and two SEC championships.
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