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    Shown from left are Reid Dickey (brother), Laura Dickey (mother), Kobe Giles and Joe Giles (father). Photo by Robert Proctor/The Cuero Record.

Giles chooses UMHB

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Two years ago, Kobe Giles made the move from Edna to Cuero High School. During his first season as a Gobbler, he helped Cuero to their first state championship in 31 years. Now, he’ll have the opportunity to continue his football career at the college level.

Last Wednesday, Feb. 5 on National Signing Day, Giles signed his national letter of intent to play for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB). The chance to play college football is something his high school coach, Travis Reeve, has seen Giles turn from a dream into a reality. “Kobe is such a deserving individual,” Reeve said. “He’s worked really hards towards being able to give himself a chance to do that.

He’s been one of the cornerstones of our football team the last couple of years. I’m extremely happy for him, happy for his family. I couldn’t ask for a better young man for this to happen to.”

Having the ability to play in college is one thing but then receiving offers and making a choice is another key part of the process. For Giles, it helped having coaches who have played in college.

“It originally started with coach [Jordan] Hataway, because he’s from there,” Giles said of his high school offensive coordinator, who played for UMHB.

Once Giles had the chance to visit Belton, see the campus and the coaches, it quickly caught his attention. There were still steps to take, though, as he was also interested in Hardin-Simmons.

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