Fla. DB to Visit UNC

Tyreece Jiles will hit the road on Friday with plans to visit several schools, including North Carolina.

"I have a high interest [in UNC]," Jiles said. "I like the coaching staff [and] I like the school. I just want to visit and see how it is up there."

Jiles' school tour will also include stops at Duke, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back from Cape Coral (Fla.) says he has a "high interest" in most of the schools that are a part of his tour.

"Basically, I'm looking to see how comfortable I feel at each school and the area, how close is food and things to do, and how good are their facilities," Jiles said.

After concluding his mid-July tour, Jiles, who has previously visited Florida State and Miami, could be finished with recruiting visits.

"It depends if I start to look at any other schools," Jiles said. "But most likely, that will be it."

At that point, Jiles may be prepared to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm just going to go with the flow, I guess," Jiles said. "If I feel like it, I'll go ahead and commit. If I think I need to lay it out and get into details more, I'll just wait."

Regardless, Jiles would like to have a verbal commitment made before the end of the football season.

Jiles credits Troy Douglas, his primary UNC recruiter, for much of his interest in the Tar Heels. The two began communicating towards the beginning of Jiles' junior season.

"[Douglas] keeps it real with me," Jiles said. "He doesn't try to persuade me with just positives. He tells me how it is, including the negatives, and the positives outweigh the negatives – I like that."

In addition to recruiting him as a cornerback, Jiles says UNC will offer him the opportunity to return punts and kickoffs.

Jiles began his prep career at quarterback at Fort Meyers (Fla.) Dunbar before transferring to Cape Coral and converted to cornerback, prior to this junior season. He ended his junior season with six interceptions.

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