June 11, 2008

Giles getting up-close view of Rocky Top

With a deep and talented backfield already in place, Phillip Fulmer can be selective in choosing what running backs to make a run at in the 2009 class. One of those backs is Tampa, Florida's Jarvis Giles. Giles is in Knoxville this week for camp, and he's getting an up close look at the school he calls his leader.

"I like it," Giles said. "The campus is amazing. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see more of it. It solidifies that they are on top"

Giles has only been in town about 24 hours, but he's already gotten to meet a lot of Tennessee's staff and he's taking in what it means to play at Tennessee.

"I've met Stan Drayton, Phillip Fulmer, and Dave Clawson," Giles said. "I met a lot of people. I just want to go out here and do my thing while I'm at camp. I'm just chilling and watching things so far. I'm trying to see how they do things."

Florida State, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina join the Vols in Giles' top five and directly behind Tennessee are the other two SEC schools.

"South Carolina and Georgia are the closest to Tennessee," Giles said. "Georgia has a great history of running backs. I like that about them. I also like South Carolina a lot."

Giles isn't alone this week in Knoxville. He was joined by his high school head coach, Mark Kantor. He's also joined by several other high profile prospects and he's enjoying the chance to talk with other young men his age who are going through the very same process.

"I've been talking to Je'Ron Stokes, who is already committed to Tennessee, and a couple of guys from Texas," Giles said.

One of those players from Texas is Lonestar lineman Stavion Lowe, and according to Giles everyone is enjoying the experience.

"Je'Ron told me if I wanted to be a part of it then join the family, but they aren't forcing me," Giles said. "He let me know that he wanted me to join him but he also wished me good luck."

With his name already out and about, Giles isn't worried so much about showcasing his skills this week. He's more focused on getting to know the Tennessee program and the people that make up the Vol family.

"It's about familiarizing myself with the campus and the program," Giles said. "I've met a lot of players and I'm still meeting them. They tell me about Tennessee and how much fun I would have here. They tell me the honest truth and I like that."

Drayton has done the legwork to put Tennessee in a position to land one of the south's most talented tailbacks. He has stressed the word family to Giles and after spending a small amount of time on Rocky Top, Giles was echoing Drayton's claims.

"I had heard that it was like a family and they weren't kidding," Giles said. "Everywhere I go, everybody is kind and you don't get that a lot of places. Everyone has been nice and it's pretty impressive."

Giles also has family in the Volunteer state and even though they live in Clarksville, he made it clear that was a big positive for Tennessee's chances.

Asked if there was a chance that he might end his recruitment before he headed back to the Sunshine State, Giles left a small crack in the door to a possible commitment.

"I'm not planning on it, but anything could happen," Giles said. "I think I want to see what else is out there before I make a final decision."

Giles hopes to make a final decision before his senior season at Gaither High School. If he is unable to then he'll wait till his season concludes.

Rivals.com rates Giles a 4-star running back and a member of the Rivals250 for the class of 2009.

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