Needing immediate help on defense, particularly in the defensive backfield, Wiley has the size, speed and experience to make an immediate impact next season for the Cardinals defense.
"I think Louisville is a perfect match for me," Wiley said. "I fit in with the surroundings and I like the people and the coaches. It's a good school. The facilities and the people I met and the way that they treated me was nice."
Wiley said Louisville recruited him to play cornerback next season. "I played corner and safety at Pearl River," he said. "I had a pretty good season. I had two interceptions. I'm physical and I love to hit. That's my strength really."
Wiley was hosted by Louisville sophomore wide receiver Trent Guy. "I met a lot of the players," Wiley said. "They all treated me good and I liked them all. I felt comfortable with the players and coaches."
Wiley said he also had an opportunity to speak with Steve Kragthorpe during his visit over the weekend. "He didn't try to pressure me and he wanted me to make my decision on my own and I liked that," Wiley said.
Wiley was recruited by Alabama, Ole Miss, South Florida, Marshall and Miami. Wiley said he had offers from all of those programs expect Miami. Wiley also is scheduled to visit Marshall next week but says he's a solid commit for the Cardinals. "I'm probably going to Marshall but that visit isn't going to be nothing," Wiley said. "I'm firm in my commitment. I don't think anything is going to change my mind on that."
Though Wiley played both safety and cornerback in junior college, he said Louisville wants him to come in and player on the corner next season.
"With his size (6-1, 205) and speed (4.55), he's a perfect cover-two corner," said Pearl River defensive coordinator William Jones. "He's not a great man-to-man guy, but with the defenses that teams are playing nowadays he'll fit in fine wherever he goes. He's real physical and he can shed blockers really well so he's good against the run as well."
Wiley, who qualified academically out of high school, will graduate from Pearl River this month and will enroll at Louisville in January.
"I've been here for six years and I can't remember a true freshman who's had the same kind of impact that Josh had for us last year," said Jones. "He's very responsible and mature in how he carries himself and he qualified out of high school. He's a December guy and he'll be a high D-1 player. SEC, ACC, Big 12…he could go anywhere he wants to go."
Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com later this afternoon for comments from Josh Wiley about his commitment to Louisville."