BREAKING: OL Charles Wiley commits to Idaho

FOOTBALL GAMES ARE WON AND LOST IN THE TRENCHES, and having a deep pool of steak-eaters to work with is key. This afternoon Grossmont College head coach Mike Jordan confirmed that Griffin star left tackle CHARLES WILEY (6-6, 310) committed to the Vandals this weekend. A two-year starter with three years to play two at Idaho, Wiley joins a Vandal offensive line looking to replace four starters.

PLAYER PROFILE: Charles Wiley, 6-6, 310, OL

Replacing concensus All-American offensive lineman Mike Iupati will be virtually impossible next fall. Although the University of Idaho has a rich history of shipping offensive linemen to the NFL, players of Mike's caliber are a rarity.

And, on top of that, the Vandals will be replacing four starters total for the 2010 season. A daunting task by any measure.

But the unit has some emerging talent, led by starting left tackle Matt Cleveland and Idaho's top backup at both guard and tackle, Tyrone Novikoff. Others in this group are expected to make a push for one of the starting slots, but you can never have too much talent to choose from.

Enter big Charles Wiley, a 6-6, 310-pound two-year starter for the Griffins at left tackle and a Team Captain. A graduate of Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, Wiley entered Grossmont College in 2008 and immediately earned a starting position.

"He was our left tackle, he was our main pass protector," Grossmont College head coach Mike Jordan told today. "He is a big left tackle, maybe our best pass protector, and we had two real good tackles this year."

Which is exactly the news you want to hear when so much rebuilding is required across the front line.

Holding numerous offers from around the nation, including Eastern Michigan, Georgia State, Liberty, and others, Wiley saved his final decision until the final week of the recruiting season. He will have three years to play two, with the possibility for a redshirt year at Idaho. NOTE: He was on pace to complete his degree in December and it is believed he is enrolling in time for spring camp, but this is not yet confirmed.

From a report by Scott Eklund earlier this recruiting season for, Wiley combined with San Diego State signee Juan Bolanos to form one of the best tackle tandems in the country this year and said he feels like he can do it all when it comes to holding down the left edge.

"I have good feet so I can pass-block well," Wiley said. "I really feel like my run-blocking has come along nicely, so I think I can do whatever a team needs me to do."

A 10-game starter as a freshman, Wiley earned honorable mention All-League honors in 2008. As a sophomore this year, he combined with Bolanos to form a front line that generated 442 yards per game through the first 8 games of the season and a 7-1 record. At the end of the season he was named to the Triumphant Sports 2nd Annual National Junior College All-American Game, joining Homer Mauga and Bolanos in a game that selected the top 85 players from around the nation.

"They both [Wiley and fellow Griffin-turned-Vandal outside linebacker Homer Mauga] were captains on the team this year and great team leaders," Coach Jordan said in closing. "And I'm sure they'll help Idaho out next year."

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