Defensive end Charles Wiley of Stockbridge, Ga., got some good news Wednesday when Irish assistant coach and area recruiter Scott Booker stopped by his high school.
“Coach Booker came into my school, and right when I shook his hand, he told me I was being offered,” Wiley said. “I was pretty surprised because I had never talked to any of their coaches before.”
“We didn’t get to talk for very long, but he wants me to come up for a junior day, and he says he really likes my size and my film.”
Wiley says he hopes to visit Notre Dame this spring to learn more about the program. Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Ole Miss are also in line to receive junior day visits from Wiley.
“I don’t know too much about Notre Dame right now, but I know they have been a really good football school for a very long time,” he said. “Hopefully, I can get up there this spring to see more, and I could visit a few other schools while I’m up there.”
The four-star pass-rusher also holds offers from Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Wiley says he hears frequently from Boston College and Florida State and believes those two programs could be close to offering.
“They’re all even right now,” Wiley said. “I know that when I do decide, I’ll be looking at the overall feel of the school, the depth chart, and if freshmen play. I’m also going to be graduating early, so I want to see who will take advantage of that and let me start spring practice with them.”
Wiley added that the Rebels are coming after him the hardest.
“Ole Miss is consistently talking with me and making me feel like a priority,” Wiley said.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospects credits his unique size to speed ratio as his greatest strength. As a junior, he posted 57 tackles, 18 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss.
“I move very quickly off the ball,” Wiley said. “I have good hips, and I’m courageous out there when it comes to getting after the quarterback. Most schools are saying they like me as an edge-rusher on the line, but they also like the speed I could bring to linebacker.”
Wiley is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 23 defensive end in the class of 2016.