BAXTER SPRINGS - Baxter Springs’ 6’ 5” 250 pounds offensive lineman will soon be a Baker University Pioneer. Matt Miles signed his letter of intent to play football at the Baldwin Kansas school on Friday, Feb. 10, at a BHS assembly.

“I thought I’d go to college to play tight or defensive end, but (Baker’s) coach Max Grossman wanted me as an offensive lineman where I played in high school,” Miles said.

Miles was a second team CNC League selection his junior and senior years, and honorable mention as a sophomore.

Miles added why he picked Baker: "It had a small town feel and coming from a small town it felt like home. They have a great education facility and the team is very good."

Baker plays in the national NAIA division and finished national runner-up this past season.

"I’ve always called him Miles," Lion Head Coach Lion Tim Parrish said. "Miles has earned this opportunity. Miles was our team captain. He’s lucky he has a large frame and it is only going to get bigger. Miles is unselfish. We averaged 270 yards of offense each game, and he was a responsible key factor on the offensive line. There is half of the game that people don’t see and that’s the young men upfront."

Miles plans to major in secondary education. He is the son of Scott and Jennifer Miles, and grandson of Kenneth and Nancy Miles, and Ron and Lois Stoskoph.