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Stockbridge, Ga., defensive end Charles Wiley rewards loyalty.

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Virginia Tech was the first school to offer the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wiley, and the Hokies have maintained their position as one of his favorite schools ever since. He’s long had interest in Georgia, the home state school. The Bulldogs sit atop his list, as well.

Ole Miss came calling in the spring. In turn, Wiley visited Oxford for the first time for the Rebels’ elite camp in June.

“They like my speed, size and strength,” Wiley said of Ole Miss. “They like me coming off that edge, getting pressure on the quarterback. The people are good, the coaches have been really nice. They have really nice facilities.”

“Ole Miss has been behind me for a long time.”

Ole Miss is among a host of schools chasing Wiley who, as a sophomore, compiled 14 sacks, 12 tackles for loss and helped Stockbridge to an 11-win season and second-straight Class AAAA quarterfinals finish in the state playoffs.

Florida, he said, is “liking me a lot. Duke is, too.” He camped at Georgia June 11, followed by Clemson and Florida.

“Really, just show my face and see what they’re talking about, pretty much,” Wiley said, when asked of his goals for the camp circuit. “I’m looking at the facilities and how the people really are. Whatever catches my eye, you know?”

Georgia and Virginia Tech lead the pack. The Rebels, who signed his former teammate, Kendarius Webster, in February, have some catching up to do. But he’s keeping an open mind.

Again, loyalty.

“Ole Miss has been behind me for a long time,” Wiley said. “They invited me to camp to see the facilities and all that. I wasn’t going to pass that up. They saw what I have and the potential that I have. I do appreciate that.”

A decision won’t be coming anytime soon. There’s still plenty of time, at least in Wiley’s case. “Honestly, I couldn’t tell you,” he said of a timetable for committing.

Mostly, he’s focused on improving his game. Wiley was selected in June to the prestigious Rising Seniors All-Star Game, regarded by most as Georgia’s top all-star game.

“I run a 4.4 right now as a defensive end, but I still want to improve my speed,” he said. “Speed is always a factor. Strength, size, always got to get bigger and stronger. And I want to be smarter on the football field and be a good leader.”

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