Vols Add 4-Star RB from Florida

Jarvis Giles

In what seemed more like a big visit weekend in late January than a football camp in mid June, the Tennessee Vols gained five commitments in four days as the 2009 recruiting campaign hit full stride long before hitting the homestretch.

That's good news for a program looking to get off to a fast start following the lowest ranked Tennessee signing class in Phillip Fulmer's illustrious tenure on The Hill. Joining offensive linemen Kevin Revis of Rhea County, Aubrey Phillips of Olive Branch, MIss., JerQuari Schofield of Aiken S.C., and safety Nyshier Oliver of Jersey City, N.J., is Jarvis Giles, a 5-foot-11, 178-pound tailback from Tampa, who, as a junior, compiled 1,427 yards and 20 touchdowns in 236 carries for Gaither High School. He also caught three passes for 59 yards to lead his team in receiving for the year.

Giles is probably the most highly regarded of the Vols recent acquisitions with a No. 23 ranking at his position. He chose UT over a total of 18 offers including ships to Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida State and Florida.

Before his visit to Tennessee last week Giles hinted to Nate Greer of Nole Digest that he was leaning in the Vols' direction.

"They are still at the top of my list because I feel right now that no one else can offer me what they can," he said. "I have a great relationship with Coach (Stan) Drayton and the other coaches. Other coaches from these other schools ask me what I like about Tennessee, and I say I have family up there. The biggest thing is just my relationship with the coaches, and they run the same offense we do at my high school."

Drayton's extensive experience recruiting the Sunshine State paid dividends in the case of Giles, just as Dave Clawson's experience in Virginia gave the Vols an edge for four-star running back Damion Thigpin of Manassas. Thigpin is similar to Giles in terms of size and speed. Thigpin has been credited with a 4.34 in the 40. Giles has been electronically timed at 4.35.

Giles reached his decision when attending camp last Wednesday. In addition to UT's coaching staff and the team's family dynamic, he was also impressed by the facilities, geography and the Knoxville community.

According to earlier reports Giles wanted to get the recruiting process wrapped up because he plans to enroll in January and begin taking part in winter workouts.

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