Jonathan Giles knows a whole lot about the football program at the University of Houston. It goes with the territory for the son of a Houston letterman.
Thanks to a trip to Denton with his father, Giles knows a little bit about UNT as well.
Giles, a quarterback from Fort Bend Elkins, is the son of former Houston running back Lonzo Giles, who these days is the video coordinator for the Texas Southern athletics department. Lonzo Giles played running back for Houston in the 1970s. The pair made the trip to Denton when TSU played the Mean Green.
That trip made an impression that stuck with Jonathan Giles.
“The school was nice and so was the stadium,” Giles said. “I was very impressed.”
Giles has kept UNT in mind as a place to potentially continue his career ever since. He was offered a scholarship by UNT about two months ago.
Houston is also recruiting Giles, but has yet to join UNT, Colorado and Fresno State on the list of schools who have offered the 6-foot, 175-pound athlete a scholarship.
Giles said he is wide open when it comes to schools he will consider at this point, but UNT is high on his list of potential destinations.
“I like how North Texas is coming up,” Giles said. “You didn’t used to hear about North Texas. Now you hear about them all the time. I also like the facilities.”
UNT recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Mike Grant is recruiting Giles as a slot receiver. Giles moved to quarterback for his high school team as a sophomore and threw for more than 2,000 yards as a junior, but projects as a slot receiver or cornerback on the college level.
“Most of the schools are recruiting me as an athlete who can play receiver or cornerback,” Giles said. “I see myself as a wide receiver. That is what I played in middle school and little league.”
Giles is considering playing there for UNT as well as he heads into the final few months before he plans to make an early decision on where to continue his career on the college level.
“I want to make a decision before the start of the season,” Giles said. “That way I can concentrate on my senior year.”