The University of Arkansas' 10th commitment of the 2011 recruiting class could one day be playing on Sundays.
That's the assessment of Arizona Western Junior College defensive coordinator Jerry Dominguez about new Razorback pledge Isiah Wiley (6-1, 188, 4.4).
Wiley, a Louisiana native who had 32 tackles last season for the Matadors, fits the NFL profile per Dominguez.
"He is the proto-typical NFL cover cornerback in that he is big, athletic, very physical and can cover so much territory," Dominguez said. "He has so much confidence and that is what you need if you are going to go play in the SEC and be on an island."
Wiley, who will be a mid-term graduate, had offers from Arkansas, New Mexico and North Texas and interest from LSU and Alabama.
"He took a trip to LSU right before coming to Arkansas," Dominguez said. "He just really loves what they have going on there and he thinks that Arkansas is a very good fit for him."
Indeed the Razorbacks have three senior defensive backs.
"He has so many strengths, including the fact that he has a short memory and comes back on the next play with all the confidence that he is going to stop you," Dominguez said. "He does need to get to the point where he is playing at a consistently high level on every single play, but I think that comes with age and experience."
Wiley, who helped lead Arizona Western to a 9-2 mark, a Western States Football League championship and a berth in the Mississippi Bowl, came out of West Monroe (LA) High at 175 pounds.
"He has worked hard and done what he needed to get bigger and stronger and that has shown in how he has built up his body to between 187 and 190," Dominguez said. "We saw that when we played him at safety this spring and he was not afraid at all to come into the box and lay the wood on someone."
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