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January 1, 2009Altanta (Ga.) Carver four-star safety Darren Myles is enjoying the preparations for the Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando this week.
Once the game wraps up though, he will return back to school and turn his focus back to recruiting.
"I have taken two officials already to Purdue and LSU. My next official is going to be to Alabama on January 9th, then Ohio State and West Virginia," Myles said. "I guess you could say that is my top five but Tennessee and Georgia Tech are also in there because I have visited them prior."
Myles talked about the two official visits he took in early December, both schools which have close ties to him and his family.
LSU: "I am originally from New Orleans so I grew up an LSU fan. Coach Miles is a great, great guy. I had a lot of fun when I went up there. I knew one of their players, Chad Jones. We are good friends, so we caught up."
Purdue: "That is my dad's alma mater. They showed me around and stuff. Everything about Purdue was nice."
He also shared his thoughts on the three schools he plans to visit in the month leading up to National Signing Day in early February.
Alabama: "Coach Saban knows what it takes to get you to the next level and to be successful as a man and as a person. That is a big plus for them. That would be a great opportunity. They are a great program."
Ohio State: "They were recruiting me and then they had two safeties commit, so they kind of backed off. I think they said one had gotten into trouble or something like that so they came back and tried to get in on me. I am comfortable with that because things happen."
West Virginia: "I have built a good relationship with Coach Galloway. I haven't been up there yet but I know they have a great tradition of winning up there. I like their academics. I am looking forward to visiting up there."
While Tennessee was not mentioned among his top five, Myles said that the Volunteers have shown him a good deal of interest recently.
"I actually talked to (Monte) Kiffin," Myles said. "He told me I was the first recruit he has called. That meant a whole lot. He told me he had been looking over film and was impressed."
With seven schools still receiving consideration from Myles, he has a lot of thinking to do over the next month.
"I am not going to decide until Signing Day," Myles said. "I am just going to choose the school where I feel comfortable and feel like I can have the most impact and be successful at."