Inside the Class of '07: John Chiles

The 22nd in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: Mansfield Summit quarterback John Chiles.

John Chiles
Mansfield Summit
National position rank at WR: 4
Overall State Rank: 6
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Inside Texas recently chatted with Mansfield Summit coach Kyle Geller about perhaps the most highly-touted Texas recruit this year, quarterback John Chiles:

IT: What are his strengths as a football player? Evidently he's got a few of those.

Geller: Well, he wouldn't be at UT if he didn't have a lot of strengths. First of all, he's versatile. He can play just about any position on the field. He could play defense if you needed him to; he can play anywhere. I've certainly never had a player like him, and I've never seen a player like him. As a quarterback, he can beat you with his feet or his arm. He can read defenses; he just has all of the tools. And he's a quiet kid, and humble, even though since he's been here he's been a star. He knows people are always looking up to him.

IT: What do the UT coaches like about him?

Geller: I asked coach (Mack) Brown about that, and he said that they liked John as a quarterback, but that if he wants to play quarterback, he has to go into it knowing he's going to have to be patient. It's a huge step, going from being a quarterback in high school to being a quarterback on one of the best teams in the nation. If he plays another position, he'll get on the field a little quicker.

IT: What areas of improvement do you think he'll have to make at the next level?

Geller: Just get stronger, physically. John always played basketball, so he didn't really lift for football only like most of the other players. But he's got big, thick legs, and he's already plenty strong. He's in Austin for the off-season, so that will help.

IT: What kind of a leader is he?

Geller: The thing about John is, he's the fiercest competitor I've ever been around. That will come out to his teammates, and they will follow him. They followed him here from about his second day of practice.

IT: What positions did he play for you?

Geller: He played mostly wide receiver as a junior, but played both quarterback and wide receiver for us.

IT: Where do you project he'll play at Texas?

Geller: I think he'll play quarterback – I know he has the ability to play quarterback. John just has to understand that he'll need patience. He's a bonafide leader, and even if he's a backup for a couple of seasons, he's only a play away from getting on the field.

IT: What are his most impressive measurables?

Geller: Well, we clocked him at a sub-4.3 second 40-yard dash on three different watches. Now granted, that's not the automated timer, but I'd say that's pretty impressive.

IT: Do you have a defining memory of John that really exemplifies his ability as a football player?

Geller: Oh yeah. His very first game for us, in his junior year, we were playing South Grand Prairie, and they had six Division-I players on their defense. He was brand new, but he outran practically their whole defense on a play that just absolutely took your breath away. He took it to the house from about 60 yards out. I'll remember that play for a long time.

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UT Signing Day Bio: Prep All-American and two-time district 4-5A MVP who was also a four-time honor roll student … played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … was a member of ESPN's top 150 national prospects … a first-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team … three year starter at both quarterback and wide receiver … combined for 2,036 yards passing, 694 yards receiving, 1,248 yards rushing and 56 TDs over his final two prep seasons … tallied 3,978 yards of total offense over that span … threw for 1,805 yards and 24 TDs while rushing for 757 yards and 14 TDs as a senior … completed 56% of his passes … threw for 302 yards, rushed for 85 yards and scored five TDs against Flower Mound Marcus … threw for 215 yards and a TD, while rushing for 118 yards and three TDs against Weatherford … earned district 4-5A Offensive MVP honors as a junior … caught 26 passes for 694 yards and eight TDs, rushed 50 times for 491 yards and nine TDs and threw for 231 yards and a score … averaged 14.1 yards per play … lettered three years in basketball and two years in track and field … averaged 17 points per game in helping Summit to the third round of the playoffs as a junior … posted a 10.5 in the 100 meters as a sophomore and competed in the regional track meet in the 100m, 4x100m and 4x200m relays and the high jump … made the National Honor Roll as a senior … volunteered at a homeless shelter as a part of the Dallas Life Community Service program … played piano and guitar as a child … cousin, Vincent Williams, is a sophomore and plays defensive tackle at Texas A&M … cousin, Jerryann Chiles, attended UT … enjoys a wide variety of music from Maroon 5 to Lil' Wayne … full name is John Solomon Chiles … born 10/9/88 in Dallas, Texas.



All photos: Will Gallagher/Inside Texas

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