Mississippi State kicks off the 2018 football season on Saturday against Stephen F. Austin. Today’s player spotlight is Starkville’s own, #5 Gabe Myles.
Myles, a Starkville, Miss. native, played for MSU from 2013-2017. He played his high school ball for the Starkville High Yellow Jackets.
The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete was a versatile three-star prospect and was named the No. 42 best cornerback in the country by 247Sports. He was regarded as the seventh-best player in Mississippi regardless of position and was considered the No. 10 Most Wanted prospect in Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger.
During his senior season, he led Starkville High to a 12-3 record and the 5A state championship while playing both quarterback and defensive back. He threw for 1,153 yards and 12 touchdowns while running for 554 yards and nine touchdowns.
Following his senior year, he was named first-team all-state by the Clarion Ledger and made the MAC’s list for 5A Player of the Year and first-team all-state honors. Though he was the team’s starting quarterback, he was recruited to play defensive back at the collegiate level.
The three-star prospect signed with the Bulldogs on Feb. 6, 2013, but redshirted during the 2013 season.
In 2014, the redshirt freshman saw playing time in all 13 games and started in three of those games. He showed his versatility throughout the season, catching 22 passes for 178 yards, rushing four times for 35 yards and completing an 11-yard pass.
Myles continued to be a versatile weapon for the Bulldogs in 2015. He saw action in 10 games with no starts but scored two receiving touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. He had 12 catches for 175 yards, which was good for 14.6 yards-per-catch.
He complied a career-high 111 all-purpose yards in the Northwestern State win (9/19), scoring his first two career touchdowns with 58 receiving yards, 38 kick returning yards and 15 rushing yards. He scored a 49-yard touchdown reception to start the game and a 6-yard touchdown run later.
His other touchdown came at Auburn (9/26), when he caught a 32-yard TD pass from Dak Prescott.
His career-high for receiving yards came on Nov. 21, 2015 in a win at Arkansas when he snagged 69 receiving yards on three receptions.
Myles started four games (playing in all 13) at wide receiver in 2016. He had eight catches for 63 yards, which includes a three-catch performance vs. South Carolina. He had 45 yards in the game.
Dealing with a foot injury during his senior season, Myles played in six games with five starts. He finished his senior campaign with nine catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned eight punts for 29 yards to go with one kick return for 23 yards.
During his time as a Bulldog, Myles did whatever he could to positively impact the community. He was a big participant in the Read Across America program, a nation wide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2. He was also nominated to the 2017 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for his volunteer efforts.