January 16, 2012

Jiles ready to be a Bulldog

Three-star cornerback Cedric Jiles has taken several unofficial visits to schools around the Southeast.

But the Clinton, Miss., native took his only scheduled official visit over the weekend to Mississippi State which made him even more eager to sign with the Bulldogs.

"It went great," Jiles said. "I got even closer to the coaches and hung out with the players. I just got real close to everybody and I'm just ready to get down there."

Jiles indulged in all of the festivities of the weekend like the rest of the recruits visiting but could not help picking the brains of several current players about the playbook.

"First we played paint ball and went around to a lot of the restaurants," Jiles said. "We hung around the players. My host was Jay Hughes and he showed me around campus. We really talked about football and the coverages we play at Mississippi State."

But out of all the events of the weekend one activity stood out above the rest.

"Paintball was probably the best part though," Jiles said. "We were way off in the woods somewhere. A lot of the commitments were just playing against each other. Nick James popped me a few times and I got him back. Me and him were going at it. We had a good time."

Another highlight was entering Humphrey Coliseum during the Alabama game on Saturday and receiving a standing ovation from the sold out crowd on hand.

"That was great," Jiles said. "I can't wait to get there so I can start making plays on the field to get the crowd even more live."

As a senior, Jiles recorded 25 tackles, forced two fumbles recovering two including one for a touchdown, one interception and three pass deflections. He also carried 16 times for 88 yards and made four catches for 23 yards on offense.

Jiles also made an impact in the return game at Clinton returning five punts for 76 yards and two kickoffs for 26 yards helping lead the Arrows to a 5-7 season and a berth in the Class 6A State Playoffs despite missing time due to an injured ankle.

He is rated the No. 18 prospect in the Magnolia State and participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.

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