Wiley Hearing from Rutgers

Rutgers continues to keep tabs on late-bloomer Tyler Wiley, who played his first year of organized football as a senior at Weeki Wachee (Fla.). Wiley is the teammate of Rutgers commit Marcus Applefield, and led his team in tackles as a strong safety this season.

Weeki Wachee (Fla.) safety Tyler Wiley has been a football player for less than a year and went under-recruited as a senior because of it. But with a full season's worth of film and experience, the 6-foot-3 athletic safety is getting more serious looks as Signing Day approaches.

Wiley did not go through recruiting as a junior, and was later than most athletes in taking his ACTs.

"I feel like I've gained a lot of football knowledge to go with my athleticism," Wiley said. "I know I still have a lot to learn, but I'm willing to put in the work. I'm definitely improved after this year, and it was my only year of high-school football."

Rutgers has one Weeki Wachee standout, Marcus Applefield, enrolling this weekend and could host Wiley for the Jan. 31 official visit weekend as a late offer candidate.

"I know that Rutgers has a great education level and they care about their athletes," Wiley said. "Coach [Kyle] Flood has a great program, I think. I'd like to look at them more."

Syracuse, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Samford have been in contact, but the Scarlet Knights are the only visit at which he is looking. Wiley fell short of his test-score goal, but plans to re-take the ACT as soon as he can.

"The last couple weeks, it's been a couple of schools here and there wanting to check up on me," Wiley said. "It was slow for a while because I was waiting on my test scores. We've been talking mostly on Facebook and Twitter – Rutgers mainly."

Wiley runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and reports a 40-inch vertical. The toughest obstacle, he said, is being away from football from the ages of 12 to 17.

In his first year of organized football, Wiley led Weeki Wachee 105 tackles at the strong safety position. He added five catches, 216 yards and two touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball.

"Wherever I go, they can expect that I'm going to work hard making tackles and making plays," Wiley said. "I'm going to bring a lot of effort, passion and dedication to what I do. I'll work as hard as I can for my team and the coaching staff."


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