Signee Update: Tyreece Jiles

Signee Update: Tyreece Jiles

While most of the members of North Carolina's 2012 recruiting class plan to enroll in the second summer semester in June, Tyreece "T.J." Jiles will be in Chapel Hill a month earlier for the first session.

"I got admitted [Wednesday] morning," Jiles said. "My [paperwork] package [from UNC] will come in by the end of this week. I'll fill that out and I'll be set – that will be all that I need to do. I'll be enrolling in two weeks."

Jiles, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Cape Coral (Fla.), has been academically qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse for a while. However, he needed to take the writing portion of the ACT to gain admission at UNC, which he completed recently.

In order to enroll in the first summer semester, Jiles completed all of his required courses early at Cape Coral. His final day was Wednesday.

"It was exciting walking out of school that last time," Jiles said. "I got to leave early, so all my friends were like I need to come back another day so that they could say their goodbyes."

Following his football season, Jiles played basketball for Cape Coral until deciding he didn't want to risk suffering an injury that would affect his UNC career. He did participate in the entire track season, running the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 and 4x400 relays. During the track season, his personal best times were 10.8 seconds in 100 and 22.0 seconds in 200.

Jiles has been able to balance his sports schedule with following the workout routine UNC sends all of its signees. As a result, he has added five pounds since the end of the football season.

"I never really liked the squats, but as I've been doing it's been getting easier and I can see the difference in my leg strength," Jiles said. "Whatever I have to do that day, I just do it and knock it out."

Since Signing Day, Jiles had maintained a steady line of communication with UNC, primarily speaking to defensive coordinator Dan Disch and Larry Fedora.

"Basically, they're excited about me getting up there," Jiles said. "They are making sure I'm staying focused. They check on my family a lot – like they ask me how they're doing and is everything going well. I talk to Coach Disch a lot about the playbook and the coverages."

Jiles anticipates seeing the field as a true freshman this coming season.

"They don't expect me to red-shirt this year," Jiles said. "They need guys to come in and make an impact and I hope to be one of those guys."

If he indeed doesn't red-shirt this season, defense might not be where Jiles ends up playing. Although he was signed as a cornerback, Jiles has been told he'll at least get a look at receiver and as a returner. He had more than 1,000 yards receiving as a senior at Cape Coral.

"They want me at field corner," Jiles said. "But, they want to see me play receiver to see what I can do. We'll just see how it goes."

Jiles, who has worn No. 2 since before his high school playing days, hasn't discussed jersey numbers with anyone from UNC.

"To be honest, I wanted to keep my number from my school," Jiles said. "That's always been my favorite number. But, I think all the single-digit numbers are taken."

Officially, Jiles is unsure who he'll be rooming with once he gets on campus. However, he hopes to share a room with fellow west Floridian Malik Simmons.

"Malik and I, every time we get on the phone that's the first thing we talk about," Jiles said with a laugh. "We talk about: ‘They better put us in the same room.' I talked to Tre [Boston] about and he said ‘They'll most likely put you in the same room.' But I haven't had a chance to talk to Coach Fedora about it."

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