Giles names leader, talks decision timetable
The 6'0", 180 lb. Giles originally chose Tennessee in mid-June over offers from programs such as South Carolina, Nebraska, Georgia, Clemson, Illinois and Ole Miss, but decided to open his recruitment up and officially visit South Carolina for its Nov. 8th contest with Arkansas. Following that visit Giles officially decommited from Tennessee. The nation's no. 34-ranked running back says the visit opened his eyes to South Carolina.
"I liked the South Carolina visit. I would say it's probably my best visit," Giles said. "I've only taken two, but it was the better one. I felt like I was more at home. With the players it stood out how close they were to each other. All the fans at the game were crazy, so that stood out to me. And then the coaches, all of that just plays a big part in it. Then the academics were good for me. The weight rooms and facilities were top notch. So it all sounds good to me."
Giles has developed a solid relationship with USC running backs coach Robert Gillespie, and says he talks to him often.
"He tells me that I'm a special back," Giles said. "He told me that they've had some quality ‘backs come in for visits, but they're holding a spot for me. He says they need a guy like me. He just told me that if I come in this spring and work hard that I might be able to start next season."
Following Giles near-perfect visit to Columbia, speculation was rampant that the speedster would soon commit to South Carolina, but that commitment never came. Giles says while he had a great time, he has to be completely sure before making another decision.
"Truthfully, when I was committed to Tennessee I thought everything was good," Giles said. "But then when I decommitted, I was like, ‘Well I'll just go on this visit real quick.' And then when I went it was way better than I thought. I really liked it, and a couple of players were asking if I was going to commit. But I didn't really want to rush it. I wanted to make sure it's going to be the best place for me, and the best fit for me. I'm going to be there for four years, and it's probably going to be the most important four years of my life."
Even though it's been over two weeks since that visit and he still hasn't committed, Giles says he still has the Gamecocks on his mind.
"I like South Carolina; I think about the school about every day," Giles said. "Me and my dad have been talking about them and all of that stuff. Coach Gillespie and I just talked on the phone (Sunday) actually. Coach Reaves actually came by for our game on Friday, but I rolled my ankle on the first play."
Without their star running back, Giles' Gaither Cowboys lost to the Chamberlain Chiefs 54-6, effectively ending the four-star prospect's season and high school playing career. Now Giles says he will concentrate on hitting the weight room, and deciding on a college.
He says he is down to four programs - South Carolina, Tennessee, Nebraska and Ole Miss - but noted that could quickly become a two-team race between the Gamecocks and Cornhuskers.
Giles has an excellent relationship with his Tennessee recruiter of record Stan Drayton, who has kept Tennessee in the running despite Giles' decommitment. But the Vols' chances with Giles may be getting slimmer by the day.
"I haven't talked to (Drayton) in almost two weeks now," Giles said. "So, I don't know what's going on with that. Tennessee is straight. Truthfully, I like Tennessee, I like Coach Drayton, but it may not work out best for me."
He says it is somewhat odd that he hasn't heard from Drayton lately, but that he understands how the process works.
"Yeah, it is (a little odd), but that's just how it is," Giles said. "College is a business. They're probably just trying to get another big-time ‘back in. It doesn't bother me. It's cool. We had a good relationship, and will probably keep that good relationship even if I do go off somewhere else."
Giles also plans a visit to Ole Miss, but hasn't heard from the Rebels' coaching staff in recent weeks, either. That leaves an official visit to Nebraska this weekend to see the Cornhuskers take on Colorado as his last scheduled visit.
Giles says he doesn't know a lot about the Cornhusker program at this time.
"I'm just going to go up there and watch the game and see what they have to offer me," Giles said. "I'm just going to take this official visit and see what it's like."
Giles does not know when a decision could come, and says that he still needs to get clarification as to when he needs to have a decision as an early graduate. He says he could make that decision around the end of December or the beginning of January.
While he may not have a timeframe for his decision, Giles says he does have a slight leader at this time.
"South Carolina is my slight leader right now," Giles said. "I haven't been to all my visits, but right now as far as it goes, yeah, they have a lead over Tennessee. (South Carolina) is my No. 1."
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