We've kept up with Brian Giles and his recruiting process lately, a big-time JUCO prospect who is looking to make his name known in the Division II ranks.
The 6'2" 315 pound defensive tackle was a force at Citrus JC in California last season, and sounds like he wants to do the same in a Laker uniform next year.
He first got in contact with Grand Valley coaches in early October, expressing interest in joining the team for Spring or Fall of 2008. However, a couple bumps in the road started, and he wasn't able to get in contact with the staff again until early December. This, however, has been a trend with a lot of other recruits in this year's class, and it has been a cause for concern among the fans.
Giles recently had a visit with another GLIAC school, Wayne State in Detroit while Grand Valley was in Maryville, Missouri in their national semi-final game. Wayne State got a leg-up on the competition for Giles thanks to giving him a fantastic host - Harlon Hill candidate Joique Bell.
Wayne State (MI), Tarleton State, Northwest Missouri State, North Alabama, and Grand Valley State are all on Giles' radar as of right now. He currently puts Wayne State at #1 on his list since that is the only place he's been able to visit and he had a great time. However, an offer is expected to come soon from Tarleton State, and Wayne State has yet to offer, but inevitably will sometime soon.
Brian has had two visits planned with Grand Valley, including this past Wednesday. However, he has had to cancel twice due to personal reasons at his home in California. Right now, he has an official visit planned for Saturday, January 5th, in which case Grand Valley may offer him on the spot after running him through some drills.
Brian is hoping to get the process over with as quick as possible. He has yet, however, to decide if he wants to transfer over for next fall, or transfer in as soon as possible to participate in spring practices.
Currently, Brian is looking forward to getting his Associates Degree and graduating in front of his friends and family at home in California. We can only hope that his next piece of paper, both athletic-wise and academic-wise, comes from Grand Valley State University.
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