Myles Vigne’s family members started calling him the “Steamroller” last season after a game against Edna Karr.
The Warren Easton defensive tackle recorded three sacks in that game and finished the season with 15.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound steamroller looks to add to that total this season, then plans to take his pass rushing skills from Canal Street to the Sunshine State.
Vigne verbally committed to Central Florida on Thursday.
“The coaches there really showed me a lot of attention,” Vigne said. “And I really liked them because I could tell it wasn’t just about playing ball. They wanted me to get my education, even if I don’t make it to the NFL. They made me feel like it was home.”
Vigne also garnered attention from Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana.
He is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
“I wanted to commit early, so during the season I wouldn’t have to think about the whole recruiting process,” Vigne said. “I knew what school I wanted to go to. I felt like there was no need to waste any time.”
Vigne will take his first visit to the Orlando campus after the season.
“I am pretty solid,” Vigne said. “Just after the season I have to take all my officials and see how I feel about the campus and the people.”
He will be entering his third year as a starter for the Eagles, who reached the Class 4A state championship game last season.
In order to get back to the title game, they will have to do so without players like quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith, The New Orleans Advocate’s Offensive Player of the Year last season who is now at Texas A&M, and receiver Tyron Johnson (LSU).
“I think we are going to be good again this season,” Vigne said. “We have worked really hard this summer. We have a lot of experience from making it to the Dome last year, and we know what it takes.”
Vigne is the first player in Easton’s senior class to make a verbal commitment. Much like last year, there will be several others who could play Division I, including four-star receiver Clyde Chriss and three-star linebacker Pernell Jefferson,
He is also the second player from the New Orleans area to commit to UCF’s 2016 signing class.
Jarrius Wallace, a defensive back at John Ehret, committed to the Knights in June.
Vigne can make his nonbinding commitment official Feb. 3, national signing day.