Soroco’s Cody Miles inks with Fort Lewis |

Soroco’s Cody Miles inks with Fort Lewis

Soroco senior to play football at collegiate level

Luke Graham

Soroco High School senior Cody Miles signs his commitment papers Thursday to play football at Fort Lewis College. Miles was joined by, from left, football coach David Bruner, his sister Lindsay, his parents, Lance and Jane, and his sister Shelby.

Cody Miles experienced both ends of the spectrum as a Soroco High School football player.

A dwindling roster pushed him into extensive playing time his freshman year. Miles took his share of licks that season, spending a lot of time on his back and receiving a lesson in high school football in the process.

But Miles also has been a huge part of the sports revival at Soroco, particularly with the football team that finished 7-1 in eight-man football this season.

In his four years, Miles went from getting dominated as a gawky freshman to putting up mind-boggling numbers his senior season.

For his work, Miles completed a dream Thursday, signing to play football at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

"It's been a dream of mine to play football," Miles said. "Things started building up, and I realized I was getting closer and closer. This is the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. I'm sad to see it go, but I'm going to the next thing."

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Oak Creek may be even sadder. The senior quarterback and linebacker put up eye-popping numbers his senior season when he rushed and passed for 2,825 yards and scored 34 touchdowns. That's roughly 350 yards and four touchdowns a game. He also had 172 tackles, or 21.5 a game.

"I've coached quite a few kids," Soroco football coach David Bruner said. "This is my 15th year coaching, and he's one of the top five kids I've coached. The reason is his work ethic. He tries to make everyone around him better. A lot of kids can't do that. But he has it."

That might have been the biggest difference for Miles. After his freshman year, he sat down with Bruner and asked what it would take to make it to the next level.

Bruner simply told him to work harder than anyone else and be a leader.

"He's been wanting to do this forever," said Jane Miles, Cody's mom. "As parents, we support what they want and do and whatever you can do to get them there."

Miles also got looks from Adams State College and CSU-Pueblo. But after taking an official visit to Fort Lewis last weekend, Miles found his place.

He compared the town to a larger Oak Creek and said he instantly felt welcomed.

Miles isn't sure where he'll line up on the field. He's been told he could be used as a linebacker or cornerback and may even get a look on the offensive side of the ball.

"I'm just ready to play football," Miles said. "Wherever I play, I'll be fine."

Miles played this season at 180 pounds and currently is 195 pounds. With his wide shoulders, Bruner said he wouldn't be surprised to see Miles at or near 225 pounds after his freshman year.

"I'm excited for him," Bruner said. "It's good for our school and the program. It shows if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter if you're from a big school or a small school. I think he'll have a lot of success."