"We probably put a little too much on him early in the year. But as he progressed he really came on."
"He's a very humble guy and very team-oriented," Hoggard said. "… The biggest thing for him, he plays within the system – he lets the offense work for him, instead of making it try to do something it's not supposed to, and works within his boundaries."
Wiley's accomplishments appear even more impressive when you take into account that Richmond runs a spread offense that incorporates both the option and triple-option and relies more on the ground game. The Raiders amassed roughly 3,300 rushing yards last season, to nearly 2,700 through the air.
Despite excelling at running the option, Hoggard says passing is Wiley's strong suit.
"He runs the option well because he doesn't make mistakes – he doesn't put it on the ground, he's a pretty good athlete, [and] runs pretty well," Hoggard said. "But he's really a passer."
Hoggard believes Wiley will remain at quarterback on the collegiate level.
"No. 1, he can throw the ball very well," Hoggard said. "And his height is a plus for him – he's not a short guy that can throw it. He's a guy that moves around well. The ability to understand defenses and carry over what the coaches are teaching him onto the field is a big plus for him."
In addition to Air Force, Alabama, Georgia, Louisville, and UCLA, Wiley is receiving recruiting interest from all the in-state schools.
"The schools in-state during the little bit of spring recruiting they were able to do right after Signing Day came by and checked him out," Hoggard said. "Of course, I know everybody is interested in him… Everybody is waiting to see him in camp."
Wiley says that he and his father are going to sit down and map out a summer camping schedule very soon. Georgia and NC State are very likely destinations.
Before this past season, Richmond had lost a combined three regular season games since 1994. Last season alone, the Raiders dropped three regular season games. Regardless, the team rebounded and won the NCHSAA 4AA State Championship.
"At the start, we were not real good," Hoggard said with a laugh. "We were very, very young – maybe not in age-wise, but in experience on both sides of the ball… And then the people we were playing were pretty good."
Richmond opened the season with games against reigning NCHSAA state champions, back-to-back – 4AA champs New Bern in week 1 and 3AA champs Greensboro Dudley, who went undefeated and repeated as champions, in week 2. The Raiders tied New Bern, 21-21, and lost to Dudley, 19-14.
"What people seem to forget was after [the first two games] we got on track there and were doing pretty good," Hoggard said. "We had some wins against some quality teams."
After the two loses, Richmond went on a four-game winning streak, including a victory over conference rival Fayetteville Britt, who later played in the NCHSAA 4AA state championship game.
"The Britt game was a whammy," Hoggard said. "It was a great win for us – our first conference win – but we also got some kids hurt in that game."
With as many as nine starters out with injuries, Richmond proceeded to lose the next two games – including the school's first loss to Southern Pines Pinecrest.
"The kids didn't flinch – they just kept working," Hoggard said. "We got everybody back towards the end of the season and that's really when we got to be pretty good."
Richmond got healthy and rode a seven-game winning streak into the NCHSAA 4AA state championship game.
That winning streak included Richmond's first victory over Charlotte Independence in over ten years.
"It was a physical practice all week," Wiley said. "We practice hard all week. We were physically ready and mentally ready. The coaches just did a great job of game planning."
The NCHSAA 4AA state championship game pitted Richmond against Fayetteville Britt in a rematch. Yet again, the Raiders came out with a close victory.
"It was back-and-forth," Hoggard said. "It was one of those deals where it was a shame that anybody had to lose. But that game was a miniature version of our season – there were some good points in it and there were some bad points in it, but through it all we just kept hanging in there and were able to finish up strong."
Wiley was awarded the championship game's Most Valuable Player award, in addition to helping bring Richmond its seventh football state championship.
"This is a football county," Wiley said. "It's just something special to contribute to the legacy. It's a feeling I really can't explain."