Giles-Harris Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Offer

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 2015 linebacker Joe Giles-Harris reeled in his first scholarship offer Monday from nearby Rutgers. Giles-Harris went in-depth on his Rutgers offer and discussed the beginning of his recruiting process.

Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional linebacker Joe Giles-Harris started his week with great news when his head coach informed him of a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers. Giles-Harris does not live in New Jersey, but has plenty of ties to Rutgers and is aware of other St. Joe's success stories at the school.

From the same town as Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, Giles-Harris feels enthusiastic about his first offer.

"I've been working hard and to finally get one is just an amazing feeling," Giles-Harris said. "There aren't too many words for me to describe it. I just am thankful for the opportunity. I'm just happy to help out my parents. They've been helping me my whole life and now I can give back."

Giles-Harris received his Rutgers offer on the same day as 2014 defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins after an impressive victory over Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic.

"I like Rutgers a lot," he said. "I've visited with my teammate Tommy Hatton for the Arkansas game. The coaching staff there is full of great coaches. I've had a chance to talk with them and I like them. The facilities are nice. The atmosphere is crazy up there, especially with them moving to the Big Ten. It's going to be a lot of fun seeing Rutgers."

Giles-Harris visited Rutgers in September, where he saw a Scarlet Knights victory from the 50-yard line.

"I really like their defense," he said. "They like to blitz their linebackers on third down and I'm a good pass rusher. I like it. [St. Joseph linebacker] Steve Beauharnais had great success there and that's one thing I'll be looking at overall as I make my decision."

Giles-Harris is aware of the successes of other St. Joseph players at Rutgers. The McCourty twins and Beauharnais find themselves on NFL roster, but education is the top focus for the 2015 linebacker.

"Education comes first without a doubt," he said. "Not everybody gets to play on Sundays, so you have to get an education to help you. That's a big thing. And also, I want to feel comfortable. I want a school that feels like home. That's a big thing for me."

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