315-pound left tackle
departs January 8
By TONY CASTRO
Nature Coast Technical’s six-foot-eight, 315-pound starting left offensive tackle Louis Miele.
was recently selected to compete in the USA International Bowl IX on Jan. 12 in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Miele, 18, believes he’s come full circle.
Louis’ older brother, Stan, graduated from Springstead in 2009.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder transferred from Hernando High to play at SHS and was named All-Hernando County as a defensive tackle in 2008 under skipper Bill Vonada.
Similar to Stan, Louis initially enrolled at Hernando High and played jayvee football as a freshman before transferring to NCT, where his mother Marguerite is a reading teacher.
As a sophomore he was limited to special teams.
As a junior, he was inserted along the NCT O-line when heralded sophomore Jesus Torres suffered an anterior cruciate ligament knee injury against Springstead and was lost for the season.
Miele was inserted to replace Torres at left guard, but was shifted to left tackle.
When Torres returned to action this fall, after a pair of ACL injuries, he regained his old spot at left guard and Miele anchored left tackle.
The Sharks’ O-line, guided by position coach Justen Early, enabled the Brooksville team to finish 7-3 overall averaging nearly 380 yards per game, including just over 300 yards per rush.
Miele believes his success stems from last year’s off-season camps.
He tracks his improvement beginning with tryout camp in Orlando followed by another at the Miami Dolphins’ Training Center.
Next came a camp at West Georgia University.
After the season he learned he had been invited to attend the Jan. 12 All-Star game against Nordic Nation. He expects to see playing time at either left tackle or guard.
He departs Hernando County for the pay-to-play event on Jan. 8.
Miele, who is in the culinary cluster at NCT and maintains 2.87 grade point average, aspires to become a veterinarian or study mechanical engineering.
He believes that he’s matured on the football field.
“The biggest difference is the (game) experience,” explained Miele. “I wasn’t that aggressive when I first started playing. Through the camps I’ve attended I think I’ve really improved technique-wise.
“…The biggest thing was figuring who I was to block and what steps I had to take to get there,” added Miele. “By far, this was my best season. I’ve worked hard to get this far.”
Miele credits his O-line brothers, Torres, Justin Rockwell and Mike Smith, in honing his technique.
He remembers Coach Early’s No.1 rule, “Don’t get beat outside on pass block.”
Miele, who has already secured a 21 on his ACT, is looking at the International Bowl as stepping stone to the next level.
Before departing for Dallas, he stays in shape skipping rope, doing aerobics and visiting Anytime Fitness in either Brooksville or Spring Hill.
Under the bar, Miele is currently benching 285 pounds but believes he can max out at 315.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” shared Miele. “I was picked out of thousands of kids to play. I can’t wait.”
Upon returning, Miele expects to stay busy competing on the NCT weightlifting team and throwing the discus and shot put for the Sharks’ track and field squad under Rudy Story.