One of the top players in the Tampa Bay area this year is running back Jarvis Giles from Gaither. He had a break out sophomore year where he rushed for over 1,400 yards and followed it up with a huge junior year that included 1,500 yards on the ground and 27 touchdowns.
"I had a good sophomore year, but I did more my junior year. I had 1,400 yards my 10th grade year and that included the playoffs. Last year I had 1,500 yards just in the regular season."
The 6-foot, 180 pound back has shown an explosive burst and great vision, it's no wonder the offers are beginning to pile up. Already Giles has nearly a dozen offers.
"I've got Florida, Florida State, FIU, USF, UCF, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia."
Growing up in Tampa Jarvis has been keeping his eye on the home team, South Florida Bulls. About 3 weeks ago they extended an offer to the soon-to-be senior.
"Coach Gregory is recruiting me, I've talked to him and coach Leavitt. They seem like great guys, real down to earth people."
Giles likes what he sees in the offensive scheme the Bulls run.
"They are a run-first team and I like that. They've been playing some good football over the last two years."
With all the offers from in-state schools it would be easy to stay close to home and play near his family. Is that the plan for Giles?
"I'm not saying any team is out of the picture, but right now, for me, I think I want to get away from home and see what is out there. I just want to see something new, I've been here all my life. I feel that I need to do that."
The out-of-state schools that are recruiting Giles the hardest are Tennessee and Georgia. South Carolina has offered but he says they Gamecocks are not showing as much interest as Tennessee and Georgia.
"I like all three of those schools. I'll be attending the Tennessee camp this summer and I'll probably take an official visit to all three schools in the fall."
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