Niles committed to NC State in May and now just a few months down the road he is opening things up. As he told Pack Pride on Tuesday it's not because there's anything he dislikes about NC State. Rather, he just wants to have the opportunity to check out all of his options.
Depending on your perspective the glass is either half empty or half full. Obviously the decommitment of Niles, ranked the No. 73 defensive tackle in the Class of 2011 by Scout.com, is not good news for NC State. However, it's better that the coaches hear about this now as opposed to finding out in January or February of next year, just before Signing Day.
The 6-2, 260-pound defensive tackle from Gainesville, Georgia has already talked to a coach from NC State about his decision and everything seems to be okay for now. "I just wanted to check more places out," Niles explained. "I have no negative thoughts (about NC State) or anything like that. I just want to keep everything open.
"I've talked to the coaches about it. I talked to Mike Reed earlier. He was understanding because I told him I was keeping my options open. It's not like I'm wiping them out of the picture. He was understanding."
Niles hasn't spoken to any other members of the coaching staff yet. One would have to assume NC State will continue to recruit Niles but proceed cautiously, pursuing other prospects at the position that may not otherwise have had a scholarship available.
"As far as offers I've got Tennessee, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, FIU and still NC State," he noted. "It's the same ones showing interest that were there before.
"I really don't have a number one right now. Like I said, I'm just keeping it open."