Former Texas Tech WR Jonathan Giles Transfers to LSU
Giles Headed to Baton Rouge
LSU landed transfer wide receiver Jonathan Giles on Monday. The former Texas Tech wide out officially announced that he would play for Head Coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers in 2017. This is a big boost for the newly reformed Tigers offense, who will begin their first year under the direction of Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada. Giles is a receiver who was tremendous skills, and could potentially play a big role in the Tigers’ success in 2018 and 2019. Giles will have to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
With the Tigers not having much depth at the position, the addition of Giles brings new potential for the wide receivers unit. Just as spring ball ends, the position battle now gets more intense with Giles’ presence. A player who racked up 1,158 total receding yards in 2016, Giles loves having the football in his hands. He is a receiver that can get to the ball quickly, and is an excellent route runner.
While at Texas Tech, Giles piled up over 1,300 total yards and more than 15 touchdowns in two seasons. Now that he has decided to transfer to LSU, Giles will see a completely different style of play while still getting his valuable playing time. Because LSU doesn’t have the great depth at the position, the door is open for Giles to start when he becomes eligible in 2018. Giles will have two seasons of eligibility left at LSU.
Jonathan Giles Transfers to LSU
Giles reminds some Tiger fans of Odell Beckham. Beckham had the quick hands and the ability to go and get the ball. Same thing goes for Giles. A big time playmaker, he can light up a defender with his quick feet and ability to separate himself once the ball is snapped. Giles has tremendous upside. His tremendous work ethic will also separate him from the other LSU wide outs. The Tigers offense is instantly upgraded with Giles now on the roster.
LSU received a great playmaker in Giles. He certainly could have more 1,000 yard seasons if the offensive scheme under Canada can produce enough touches.
For Giles, his announcement to transfer to LSU puts him on a bigger stage than playing in Lubbock. He will also have a chance to contend for a national title. The success under Orgeron last season has many fans and analysts picking LSU to return to the national conversation this season.
The LSU coaches have to love what they see from Giles. Though practice is over for now, they’ll get a chance to see him this summer. Tiger fans hope to see much more of him over the next three years.