2008 PROFILE: Mario Wiley

Mario Wiley is one of the top junior receivers in the state and is sure to be a hot commodity for 2008.

At 6-2, 180 pounds and with 4.5 speed, Wiley is solid in all phases as a wide out as he has good hands, runs sharp and precise routes, and is a good downfield blocker.

In his sophomore year, Wiley recorded 42 catches for 512 yards and five touchdowns in West Monroe's run-first offense and this season, he pulled in 36 balls for 412 yards and three scores.

Wiley is already garnering interest from several prominent prorams but you can be assured that it will pick up tremendously in a couple of months.

"Right now I'm starting to get letters and text messages from places like Notre Dame, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Colorado and LSU," said Barley. "A team that I like that hasn't really shown interest yet is Tennessee."

Wiley, who is an excellent student as well as well, attended LSU's camp last summer and may try to make it again this summer. The only thing that will stand in the way is a trip up North to do some studying.

"I'm definitely going up to Princeton for the summer, but if I get a chance to go to camps, I'd like to try to go to LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State's camps at this point," he said.

Wiley said he is being recruited by LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels and that he gets little messages from him pretty regular.

"He just tells me to keep working hard and that there might be a scholarship for me down the road," explained Wiley.

Even though it is early, Wiley said there are some things that stand out for him on the recruiring front.

"I think I was kind of surprised by Notre Dame showing interest," he said. "I think Oklahoma is a pretty solid program too."

LSU has been successful over the years with West Monroe kids and it looks like Les Miles and his staff will have a good chance with another one for 2008.

"LSU is definitely up there on the list," Wiley said. "It would be an honor to play for LSU and to represent my home state."

By the Numbers: 230-Bench/365-Squat

Honors: 2nd team all-state as a sophomore and 1st team all-district. All-state and all-district teams have not been announced in Monroe for the 2006 campaign but Wiley is a sure bet to claim several honors.


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