Giles and Davis looking forward to homecoming

Georgia State’s game against South Carolina State will be special for handful of the Palmetto State natives on the Panthers’ roster.

It will be especially meaningful for wide receiver Jordan Giles, who grew up in Columbia, about 45 minutes north of Orangeburg where South Carolina State is located.

Giles should have 35 friends and family in attendance, including one favorite uncle, Spike Aldridge, who played at South Carolina State and was drafted in the 10th round by the Minnesota Vikings.

This will be the first time that Aldridge has gotten to see Giles play in college.

“He always motivated me, always gave me advice on and of the field,” Giles said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

Offensive tackle Ramell Davis grew up in St. Matthews, about 20 minutes from Orangeburg. He should have more than 20 friends and family at the game, including a few of his high school coaches from Calhoun County.

He said the game will be exciting because many of his high school friends didn’t expect he would play college football. He didn’t play organized tackle football until 2005, after moving to South Carolina from Brooklyn, N.Y. Now, he’s a starter. He said his high school coaches convinced him to forget about scoring touchdowns, which was hard because  he took advantage of his height by playing wide receiver in two-hand touch leagues in New York.

“I started off kind of rocky at the beginning in my high school,” he said. “My coach sat me down and said put the effort and get stronger in the weight room you’ll be able to go and play.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu

10 comments Add your comment

GSU91

October 12th, 2011
1:18 pm

Looking forward to Giles having a breakout game. Would live for him to score three times and rack up north of 100 yards….
GO PANTHERS!!

J-GSU

October 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

Homecoming for Grant King as well!

VSU Alumnus

October 12th, 2011
4:19 pm

Test…..I was not able to post.

AgentOrange

October 12th, 2011
6:16 pm

Hopefully we can get a win this Saturday and follow it up with homecoming.

AgentOrange

October 12th, 2011
6:21 pm

Go Panthers.

Panama

October 12th, 2011
9:42 pm

Go Panthers indeed

GSU Alum

October 13th, 2011
10:28 am

Panthers, don’t let the Bulldog bite. Get um’.

GSUAlum89

October 14th, 2011
9:27 am

I can’t believe the AJC just put Georgia Southern instead of Georgia State…unreal…

VSU Alumnus

October 14th, 2011
10:27 am

I’m still unable to post. What’s up AJC ???

gasoutherneagle

October 16th, 2011
7:10 am

To GSUAlum89>>> That’s because we win. State doesn’t. HEY-OH!