SJSU faced stern competition when it came to academics as Liles’s offers included Army, Navy and Cornell. Liles narrowed down his potential choices to Nevada, Montana State and the Spartans.
“Those were the three schools that I had trimmed it down to,” Liles said. “At the end of the day, Montana State didn’t have a post-grad system so the education part wasn’t there. At Nevada I didn’t really feel at home. At San Jose State I have the education and I felt comfortable there. That was the biggest thing for me.
Liles went from three schools to one on Sunday by announcing his commitment to SJSU.
“I think the biggest thing for me was the educational opportunity. With them being located where they are in the Silicon Valley, if I go there I know I’ll have a lot of connections to set me up for my life after college. I think that was the main thing when I was talking to my parents. I’m playing football to get a good college education and I think this is the best school for me.
“The coaching staff - I can tell with Coach (Andrew) Rolin, I like him a lot. He’s the receiver coach and my area recruiter so we have a pretty good relationship and talk a lot. I think Coach Borges will do good things with the offense too. Those for me were the two biggest things.”
At over 6-foot-3, Liles will be one of the Spartans’ biggest targets for years to come. The receiver has an impressive combination of size and ability to not only come down with the ball but to steer clear of defenders after the catch too.
“I think I’m a pretty versatile player,” Liles said. “I can move around whether it’s the slot or the outside. I think I’m pretty smart too so having to change up my route due to coverage or reading [the defense] I think that will be a big thing for me in college. I think I’m a pretty strong receiver and I think I have good hands. I pride myself on catching everything whether it’s in the dirt or five feet over my head.”
Liles is a former teammate to new San Jose State offensive lineman, freshman Adam Heigis - He also played on a seven-on-seven club with SJSU quarterback Josh Love. The relationships were a plus, but not a difference-maker, Liles said.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m ready to be a Spartan,” Liles said.
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