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| Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Southmoreland's Logan Miles and Erik Frund have been football teammates for several seasons, and they'll be teammates for a few more.

Miles and Frund each received a scholarship to play football at Robert Morris.

"They're both great kids, and they deserve everything they get," Southmoreland football coach Brian Pritts said. "I'm proud of both of them, and I think they're going to do very, very well."

Miles said he was recruited by a number of schools, but he was pursued most aggressively by Clarion and Robert Morris.

"The week before signing day, not a lot of schools were calling me, except for Clarion and Robert Morris," Miles said. "I don't want to go to a school that doesn't want me."

Having narrowed his options down to two, Miles said he found the final decision an easy one, with the Colonials' offer and Moon Township campus tipping the scales in Robert Morris' favor.

Frund said he made the decision based on similar criteria.

"I liked the coaching staff, and I liked the campus," he said. "All around, it was the most appealing to me."

Miles, an All-Interstate Conference selection his senior season, said he was recruited by the Colonials as an offensive lineman.

Frund was named to the all-conference team twice and was a top running back for the Scotties. He said he hopes to play that same role at Robert Morris, but "I'm going in with an open mind. Wherever they need me, I can play."

Neither player is expecting to see a lot of playing time right away.

"When I was deciding on schools, I really didn't think about wanting to play early," Miles said. "I would rather redshirt, so that I can relax, focus on school for a year and come in stronger."

Miles will study either video production or computer information sciences. Frund plans to be a pre-chiropractic major.

"I would rather be redshirted, as well," he said. "It sort of eases you in, and you can get used to school and football."

The transition to collegiate life will be easier with a familiar face on campus, they said.

"Logan's a great kid, and we'll get along together," Frund said.

Miles said he knows a few of his other future teammates, but he's pleased at the prospect of sharing the field with Frund.

"I'm really excited," he said. "I've played football with Erik Frund since probably sixth grade. I'm glad that I'll probably be blocking for him for another four years."

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