Ducks Make a Move on Cougar Commit

An early verbal commitment to the BYU football team leans toward Oregon. Sound Familiar? A few years ago, the Cougars lost Haloti Ngata to the Ducks. This time around BYU is in a fight over Zeke Wiley from Orem High School.

"I'd say that Oregon is my favorite right now." Zeke Wiley said. "My step dad is a Duck fan and I'm excited to make my official trip to Oregon."

Wiley has offers from BYU, Utah, Oregon, and New Mexico State. He has already visited New Mexico St. and has visits set up with BYU on Jan. 6th, Oregon on Jan. 13th and Utah on the 21st.

"I verbally committed to BYU early on, but I backed out of my commitment in order to keep my options open," Wiley said. "Coach Lamb and Kafusi are still recruiting me."

Wiley said he is still wide open, and will decide what school to go to soon after his Utah trip.

"I just have to do whats best for me and my family," Wiley said.

Orem High School is home to another BYU recruit in Ryan Freeman. Wiley said Freeman is a solid commitment to BYU and will definitely end up there. Wiley, who is LDS, said he does not have mission plans.

The 6'5", 315-pound lineman said all the schools recruiting him will give him a shot at defense, but if they need him on O-line, he may move over. Wiley said that it is hard to play early as a freshman, and all the schools will have competition on the D-line.

When asked if BYU still had a chance after he decomitted to them, he said they are "still in."

Right now Wiley said he is qualified academically, but needs to retake the ACT.

Zeke said he has a good football sense, is good at reading defenses and reading the blocking. He has good side to side speed and is strong.

Wiley also said that the Oregon's heart breaking bowl loss did not hurt their chances of landing him but said Utah's win "helped a little bit."

Interestingly, Coach Crowton is the coach recruiting Wiley for Oregon.

"I really like coach Crowton," Wiley said. "My parents really like him too. He is just a good guy."


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