Nick Kyles, one of the most highly recruited wide receivers in the southeast, has been very, very busy the past two weeks due to the influx of college coaches visiting his school. In fact, several schools came in the day I interviewed him.
Others had already visited.
Now that he has had a chance to visit with the coaches from those schools, who has made his list of favorites?
"Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Florida, then Mississippi State," said Kyles, when asked to name his favorites.
What does he like about each of those six schools?
"I like that Georgia is close to home. I've been down there a lot because they started recruiting me real early. It's only about a hour and ten minutes from home. My family could come see me play and come me. They have a great coach in Mark Richt. They have nice facilities. I know all of their coaches and know the players down there.
"I really felt when Alabama's coach down here, that they showed a lot of interest in me. I really like their wide receiver coach, Coach (Charlie) Harbison. he explained how I could come in and play and that they won't redshirt me. They have a good quarterback in Brodie Croyle.
"I like Clemson because my cousin, LeRoy Hill, goes there. He starts and has had a good career there. I've been there and checked their facilities out. Plus, they've shown a lot of interest in me.
"Auburn has offered both me and my brother (DB Jarvis Kyles). They are just winning, man. They are on a roll. Of course, with me, I want to go into a winning program that is on the rise. (Their coach) explained to me that they are still on the rise.
"Florida will throw the ball on first down. Being a wide receiver, that's what I like. I went to a Florida camp and their wide receiver coach knew a lot about coaching wide receivers. And it's not too far away from home.
"Mississippi State has really showed a lot of interest in me from the beginning. In my early junior season they were showing a lot of interest in me. Then, they got a new coach, Sylvester Croom. I believe they are on the rise, too. The wide receiver coach, Coach Holliday, came in and he was real to me, real straight up."
Several of his favorites will receive official visits from Kyles during December and January. Some visits are set, some not.
"I am going to Alabama this Friday (December 10th)," said Kyles. "I am supposed to go to Georgia on January 21st. On the 7th of January, I am supposed to go to Auburn. On the 14th of January, I am supposed to go to Clemson. I am probably going to set up a visit with Florida. The coach has talked to me about it, but we haven't set up a date, yet."
Obviously, with six favorites and only five official visits available, that left one out. That one at the moment appears to be Mississippi State. Are they still in his recruiting picture?
"My brother is considering them and I'm still considering them a little bit, but I've got a lot of other schools on my mind right now," Kyles explained. "I like (MSU wide receiver) Coach Holliday. But they aren't winning a lot of games. That is important to me. I probably could come in and be a real good player on their team, but I want to, overall, win championships. I want to be that player that comes in and is the key to the national championship. But I want to go to a program that is already there."
Since he and his brother are both being recruited, do they want to go to the same school?
"It's not certain, but we want to," said Kyles, who, along with his brother, has been offered by Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee. "We want to go to some place that is best for both of us, but we don't want it where they want me and just take Jarvis along with me. I want to go to the school that is best for me and he wants to go to the school that is best for him. If that is the same school, then we will go to the same school."
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