BREAKING: 'Smooth' playmaker goes crimson

THE COUGS' FIRST OFFICIAL visit weekend, it just keeps getting better and better. Washington State hosted eight prospects when the season opened earlier this month, and No. 6 from that official trip weekend to the Palouse has now gone crimson. The 14th known verbal in the Cougs' 2010 class brings with him speed and athleticism, with a sub-4.5 time in the 40 and some big hops.

Whether it's the football field or over the phone lines, Robert Jiles is a hard man to track down. But his mother stood still long enough to tell CF.C that "he is verbally committed" to Washington State.

"One reason he felt like he wanted to go there was because it was such a family environment. The coaches, they were excellent on every question I had. They were very, very- everything they said was great...We were overwhelmed with their letters, they outplayed everyone," she said.

Jiles is the second prospect from Pittsburg High, about 45 minutes from San Francisco, to pledge Wazzu.

Tracy Clark (see earlier story on CF.C) has also pledged WSU -- and the Cougars continue to target a third Pittsburg product, safety Eric Dargan, rated 4-stars by and in possession of scholarship offers the West over.

Washington State has been recruiting the Pittsburg trio since they were sophomores, with assistant Jody Sears running the point.

As a junior, Jiles posted 29 receptions for 457 yards, a 15.76 ypc, with six touchdowns. He also rushed for another 84 yards on eight carries. Defensively, he logged 18 tackles. He was named a "Cream of the Crop" prospect by the Oakland Tribune earlier this year.

"He's a special athlete," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli told CF.C. "He's very smooth. His ceiling, he hasn't scratched the surface yet."

JILES DOES MUCH of his best work after the catch, says West Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman.

"Robert Jiles is a sure-handed receiver who might be best at the slot receiver at the college level," said Huffman. "He's got good breakaway speed and good elusiveness.

"He's also got good body control and does his best work after the catch, using the whole field and seeing the field, and his blocks, exceptionally well."

Jiles becomes the 14th known verbal commitment in the Cougs' 2009 class, joining CB Tracy Clark, WR Bobby Ratliff, DB Tyrone Duckett, ATH Deone Bucannon, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Blair Bomber, ATH Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, DE/OL Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, cornerback Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton.

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