One of the most intriguing playoff matchups this weekend in the Sunshine State will be Tampa Gaither versus Tampa Chamberlain. Gaither features running back Jarvis Giles while Chamberlain features quarterback Dontae Aycock (being recruited to play running back). They played earlier this season with Chamberlain coming out on top but that was a game Giles missed due to injury.
"I had a hamstring injury the first time we played them earlier this season," Giles said. "They blew us out and I wanted to pad up at halftime so I have a little extra motivation for this one. But this is Chamberlain and it could be my last game. I won't go down without a fight.
"Dontae and I talk off the field and he's a cool dude. There's no trash talking and I think we just let our games speak for ourselves."
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Giles has rushed for almost 1,000 yards and 14 scores in nine games this season.
While Giles is focused on the big game this Friday he's also thinking about recruiting and his future. Only a mere few weeks ago he was committed to Tennessee. But with the Vols wanting to make a coaching change at season's end he's now open and looking around.
"That ticked me off a lot because I was so high on Tennessee. I really wanted to play for coach (Philip) Fulmer. He's a legendary coach. We talked so much and built a great relationship. Tennessee is still in it and I want to see who they will bring in. He has to be a good guy, a top notch guy."
Giles has already visited South Carolina and he will make a visit to Nebraska at the end of the month for their Colorado game.
"Nebraska has put the most running backs in the league (NFL) with 21. That's more than anyone and they are looking pretty good to me. Plus there are so many great backs from the Big 12 like Adrian Peterson. It's a great conference.
"South Carolina is definitely in the mix. I got a great feel for them on my visit. Steve Spurrier sat me down and showed me how I would fit in their offense. I mean he showed me some things and really opened my eyes."
Ole Miss is also in contention although Giles has not yet set up an official visit with the Rebels.
"It's pretty much down to those four schools. Right now I look at it that I am a free agent. I am taking in what the coaches say and I am trying to figure things out. I want to make a decision in early January."