Fort Bend Elkins High School (Missouri City, Texas) junior athlete Jonathan Giles has three scholarship offers to this point. He was pleased that the third one came from a major-conference school: Colorado.

"I'm loving it," Giles said in a phone interview with BuffZone when asked how his recruiting process is going.

"It feels real good. My goal and dream is to play at a major D-I college, so to get an offer from Colorado is a big honor."

The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete with a 4.5 40-yard-dash time lined up at quarterback this past season for the 10-3 Mustangs. As a junior, Giles put up big numbers: 3,531 total yards and 42 touchdowns in Texas' Class 5A.

Jonathan Giles
Jonathan Giles (Scout.com)

Colorado believes Giles' position at the next level, though, will be at receiver. He said he's open to playing any position, but feels most comfortable at wideout.

"They've been recruiting me ever since my sophomore year," Giles said of Colorado's recruiting staff's pursuit, adding CU recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Troy Walters is leading the Buffs' pitch.

"It really doesn't matter; sign me up to help the team out, win games. ... I'd probably say receiver, because I've been playing receiver my whole life, so it's what I'm most comfortable with."

Giles has played quarterback at the prep level and excelled, helping his team reach the third round of the playoffs. Elkins' run ended in loss to Texas powerhouse Katy High School.


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"I just played quarterback [last season]. At first I was like 'nah' because I've never played it before, I was so used to playing receiver," he said. "Then I got the hang of it, I'm more comfortable than before. ... Most schools are recruiting me as an athlete."

Fresno State was the first school to offer, followed by North Texas and Colorado. Giles is hearing from numerous other colleges.

"Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Utah, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, U of H [Houston], I think that's about it," he said on interest so far.

Giles said he's never been to Colorado, but hopes to attend a camp or visit unofficially in the coming months.

"I would love to go," he said.

More offers are on the horizon for the senior-to-be, and he said his goals for his last season of Texas high school football include a deeper run in the playoffs, as well as improving on a personal level.

"My footwork, that's the biggest thing, getting my footwork down," Giles said on what he's working on for 2014.

He's also looking to clock a faster 40-time.

"It's the biggest thing; you've got to have the 40," Giles said.

Labeled as an athlete, it comes as no surprise that Giles is a standout in other sports.

"I play three sports. I play basketball and run track. [I run] the 100 and 4X100. My fastest 100 time was a 10.9," Giles said, noting he's the point guard for Elkins.

The Houston-area product admits that he doesn't know a lot about the Colorado football program or the city of Boulder, but he's hoping to learn more as his recruitment plays out. Giles said he's open to going out of state, but he'll likely have to get his mother on board before making that kind of a decision.

"If I had to go out of state, it'd probably be Colorado or Oregon," he said. "It honestly doesn't matter to me. My mom wants me to stay in state, to go to the games, but other than that it doesn't matter to me."

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