Whoever is able to reel in Texas Tech wide receiver Johnathan Giles will be receiving a dynamic playmaker on offense.
A Biletnikoff award semifinalist in 2016, Giles essentially had his pick of any program in the country. Two weeks after announcing that he would be transferring from Texas Tech, he cut the list of potential suitors to 10 via his personal Twitter page.
The list includes a number of Power Five programs, including Ohio State, Florida State, LSU and Georgia.
Giles is a Texas native, and it appears that might be enough to sway him into considering a program like SMU. Long are the days of their dominance, and along with Purdue, they stand as the only non-marquee type programs on the list.
Giles’ list doesn’t seem to discriminate based on location, conference, or offensive style. His selections are all over the board, and it appears his biggest concern would likely be playing time. He’ll receive that wherever he decides to go, which was the likely cause of his erratic list. A notable trend, though, is the absence of any Big 12 teams.
It appears the Big 12 just wasn’t big enough.
Giles will be forced to sit for the entirety of the 2017 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining when 2018 rolls around. Having already established himself as a capable wide receiver at the FBS level, perhaps a year of rest isn’t a bad idea.
If he can have an equally strong campaign as a junior at a major football program, that might be enough for him to be taken in the first round of the draft that year.
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