Top RB has one in-state school in mind

One of the state's top running back prospects, Jarvis Giles was a workhorse in 2007, carrying the ball 236 times for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was also the team's leading receiver, with just three catches for 59 yards. That standout junior season has led to several offers, and NoleDigest caught up with him to get the latest on his recruitment and to see who his favorite is at this time.

Jarvis Giles is rated as's # 16 running back for the 2009 class, and is the #3 back in the state of Florida. As an explosive ball carrier, Giles was one of the top rushers in the Tampa area last year, and looks to build upon that success in 2008. His junior season was a success, and many colleges from across the nation have already come calling.

"Recruiting is going really good. Arkansas and Duke offered me this past week, so now I am up to 12 offers. Schools like Miami, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, FIU, South Carolina, and North Carolina have been the schools who've offered. I also get a lot of mail from schools like Georgia. That's a school I like that hasn't offered yet."

When a highly ranked player like Giles plays in Florida, normally the big 3 don't let him get out of the state. But for Giles, leaving Florida to play his college football is something that he is leaning towards at this time.

"As it stands right now, I want to leave the state for college. The school that is leading for me is Tennessee. I like the way they feature their running backs, and they have a great history of putting their guys in the NFL. Also, it is just a good school."

Jarvis did say that some things can change, and that one school stands out to him if he were to stay in Florida to play college ball.

"I'm a big Noles fan to tell the truth. I haven't made a final decision yet on if I want to leave the state; it's just where I am at right now. I've spoken to several coaches there (at FSU). Coach Dawsey, Fisher and Carter were all telling me that I caught their eye and that I am an impressive back. They said they have a lot to offer. I like them a lot. If I stay home to play college football, FSU will be the school I go to."

Giles is a rare player that realizes that going to college is more than just playing football; it's about getting an education too. The biggest factor going into Giles' decision is the academics a school has.

"I'm not going to school just for football. I am going to be a student-athlete. Academics are important because football is not guaranteed. Academics are the most important thing to me in this decision. I want to be a surgical tech, so the school has to offer me the chance to get my degree in that."

Jarvis is one of the more explosive backs for the 2009 class, and that explosiveness is what coaches have mentioned as the best attribute to Giles' game. He talks about that.

"I'm a bigger back at 6' and 180 pounds, but my explosiveness is what makes me stand out. A lot of coaches say I'm one of the most explosive backs they've seen. I just want to work on my size more. I don't want to get too big because I don't want to lose my speed and explosion. If I could add 5 pounds here and there, that would be good."

Giles says that he plans on going through the process by taking all 5 of his visits. He says right now it's too early to see what's going to happen, but that as the year continues the picture will clear up. He reports a GPA of 3.4 and plans on taking the ACT and SAT at the end of the month. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jarvis and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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