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Sumter High OLB Capers grows into Power 5 Conference prospect

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 4/2/20

Miles Capers made a move to the defensive side of the football for his junior season at Sumter High School. That switch turned Capers from a backup running back to a Power 5 Conference prospect for the 2021 recruiting cycle.

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Sumter High OLB Capers grows into Power 5 Conference prospect

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Miles Capers made a move to the defensive side of the football for his junior season at Sumter High School. That switch turned Capers from a backup running back to a Power 5 Conference prospect for the 2021 recruiting cycle.

Capers is a 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound outside linebacker whose recruiting was just starting to pick up steam when the coronavirus caused the shutdown of all aspects of college athletics. To Gamecock head coach Mark Barnes, it isn't hard to see why Capers is drawing attention.

"To begin with, he's a great athlete, who is 6-4 and weighs 220 pounds and can run" Barnes said. "He looks like the way they want him to look, and he runs the way they want him to run.

"He's a 2-position guy, who can play either outside or inside, and he's got a 3.5 core grade point average. They see him as someone who can play at the level, and he has the academics, so that's why they're so interested in him."

Capers got his first offer during his 2019 football season, coming from Virginia. It happened while on a visit to one of the Charlottesville school's home games.

"I knew it was coming," Capers said of the offer. "They (Virginia) had visited me at the school and invited me to come up there. I went up for the Duke game, and they made me the offer."

Capers sat on the offer from the Power 5 Atlantic Coast Conference school for a few months. The next offer came after the first of the year from Southeastern Conference school Tennessee.

Since then, offers have come from SEC school Vanderbilt, Big 12 school Kansas, Liberty, Western Kentucky and Charlotte. The ones from Vanderbilt, Kansas and Charlotte came just before the shutdown.

Even though Capers fully understands the seriousness of the coronavirus, he is frustrated the recruiting process was stalled just as his recruitment was going momentum.

"I was set to go to South Carolina and North Carolina (for visits)," Capers said. "The coronavirus ended that for now. I have to stay home, and the coaches are texting me."

Barnes doesn't think Capers will be lacking additional suitors once the recruiting process begins again.

"People were starting to see what a great athlete he is," Barnes said. "And you know how this works; once a player starts getting an offer or two, the others start to come in."

Capers had 24 tackles for SHS, which went undefeated during the regular season and finished 10-1 on the season. Sixteen of those tackles were unassisted. He also had six tackles for loss and a quarterback sack.

Capers said he would like to make a decision by the beginning of his senior season. He plans to sign in December and enroll in his school of choice in January of 2021.