Giles Sought Out Texas Tech

Fort Bend Elkins athlete Jonathan Giles called Texas Tech his dream school and after a short recruitment committed Saturday morning, just two days following the Red Raiders offered him a scholarship. caught up with Giles to get the scoop on how he sought out Tech, why he is so high on the program and how he sees himself fitting into the scheme.

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To call Texas Tech's latest commit, Jonathan Giles, a "sleeper" would be a bit of exageration as the Fort Bend Elkins athlete accounted for over 4,000 total yards and 43 touchdowns in 2013 as a dual-threat quarterback.

Prior to Tech offering him a scholarship on Thursday, Giles already held several offers, but when asked by Elkins head coach Dennis Brantley where he wanted to play college football Giles answered that Texas Tech was his dream school.

"Coach Brantley sat me down and asked what were my top three choices and I told him Texas Tech, Houston and Fresno State, but that Tech was No. 1,"
Giles said. "He said he was going to get in touch with them. So a couple weeks went by and Texas Tech finally came by the school--it was coach [Mike] Jinks and he talked to me about how he liked my film and the way I make plays and how I am a leader on and off the field."

Giles (6-0, 170) added a couple weeks later, this past Thursday, Eric Morris joined Jinks on a trip to visit him during spring practice. Later that night Morris called Giles and offered him a scholarship.

"Friday I knew I was going to commit," Giles said. "I was up all night, I couldn't even sleep, because I knew I was going to call coach Morris and commit. So I finally went to bed, woke up this morning and that's when I called coach Jinks and coach Morris to tell them I wanted to commit and be a Red Raider."

What was the coaches' reaction?

"I told coach Morris first and he yelled and said he jumped up," Giles said. " He told me how he wanted to coach me bad and then I called coach Jinks, the running backs coach, and he was the same way, he was very excited. He knew what kind of player I was and what kind of player I could be at Texas Tech so when I told him he was very excited."

Giles said the coaches want to play him at inside receiver and to be a return man for them. When asked if he was aware of some of the players who have played the position for the Red Raiders and what that spot entails, he didn't hesitate to say why he will be a perfect fit.

"They said they wanted me to play at inside receiver and throw quick outs, quick screens, bubble routes, go routes and just get me the ball quick and make plays," Giles said. "They also said they wanted me to be a return man."

Giles hasn't returned many kicks lately as he has been a quarterback for the past two seasons, but he has returned some, and he played receiver as a freshman before moving behind center. Simply put, Giles is an explosive play-maker, with a 99-yard touchdown run on his resume.

He chose Texas Tech over offers from Colorado, Fresno State, Houston, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and North Texas. Missouri offered Giles as a defensive back and said he would prefer to play receiver at the next level. He did say he would probably go visit Missouri at some point but that he is a solid commit to Tech and will visit Lubbock before the end of the school year.

"I like the relationship between the coaches and the players [at Texas Tech] and just the way they run the football program, they are bringing it right back to where it used to be," Giles said.

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