The high-scoring offense at Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian School last fall was prolific, yet simple in its construction. With loads of talent, many of them then underclassmen now in the forefront of the national recruiting scene, at numerous positions, the Lions loaded up the stat sheet with obscene offensive numbers and dominant defensive lockdowns. Though not considered part of the preeminent trio from his school ranked by Scout.com as the #3, #6 and #60 prospects in the Class of 2007, 6'2" wide receiver Sean Wiser was an integral part of Oaks Christian's 13-0 CIF championship season. He led the Lions' receiving attack, though just a junior, with 42 receptions, 910 yards and 13 touchdowns. On defense he played safety and added 52 tackles and four interceptions for good measure.
"We lined up four wide - no tight end," Wiser describes of the Oaks Christian offense. "We spread it out and used our speed. When teams would drop back, we would just run Marc Tyler and he would run over anybody in his way."
"I played the 'Z' for us last year," he continues. "We called my number most of the times on third downs and big plays. I definitely want to stay as the go-to receiver, and I've been working on my routes. I want to make sure that I can get open for any route at any time."
With so much individual and team success already in his junior season, it could be a little more difficult for Wiser than most to find the areas to improve or the motivation to retool himself. He has been hard at work this off-season, however.
"It's not too hard," Wiser opens. "We go over a lot of film every Saturday morning. We don't look at the score - just pick it apart. The coaches are great at noticing things, even when we're blowing a team out."
"I was best at route-running last year. One area where I could work on is that second burst of speed," the receiver reveals. "I can get open - that's not the issue. Once you catch the ball, you want to dodge guys. You want to just run away from everybody."
Wiser also wants to push his receiving yardage this fall into quadruple digits, breaking the 1,000-yard mark. "I was so close last year," he says.
2006 has raced by for Wiser already, with the year now half completed and his senior season drawing ever closer. With team and individual goals about to become his sole focus, the receiver recruit is aiming to wrap up his college recruitment by the end of the summer. His abilities and junior performances have netted him 10 offers spanning both coasts: Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, Northwestern, Mississippi State and Troy State. With a strong set of options in hand, Wiser is narrowing his field and moving closer toward a decision.
"Right now, I'm pretty much settled with my offers. That part of my recruitment is pretty much over," he declares. "I still need to make another trip or two to get to know the coaches and the schools."
Already having made trips to Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Kentucky, Duke and Arizona, Wiser has only one remaining unofficial visit he is certain to make this summer: to Virginia in August. He twice during his junior year saw The Farm, during quite different atmospheres.
"I was up there for Junior Day," he says of the second Stanford sojourn. "I had a really good time. There were a lot of other guys I know from other sports. I got to meet the players and coaches. It was a real good time."
His previous visit, on a fateful and infamous day in September, found the Cardinal in less than glib circumstances.
"I went up for the UC Davis game," Wiser shares. "When you see a game like that, it means that I could come in and have an impact. Yes, they had a bad game, but they played a lot better after that and had a good season. That showed me that Stanford is not just going to roll over and die."
While that game could be regarded as a recruit killer, the three-star wideout says that the Cardinal are among his narrowed group of four favorite schools.
"I really like them. I really like Coach [Walt] Harris and his overall vision for the program and that he wants to go for it," Wiser offers. "Stanford has been known for its great academics and for fairly good football. Coach Harris is there to change the mindset and to make Stanford into dominant football, which is what I'm used to playing."
The other three schools rounding out the final four for this 6'2" receiver are Oregon, Duke and Virginia. Two Pac-10 schools and two ACC schools make for an unusual bicoastal battle for this recruit. And Wiser further tells us that the two on top from that quartet promise to make keep this a nationally contested recruitment to the end.
"Stanford is definitely in my top two," he allows. "Virginia is the other one. It's also a very good school, and they have good football. I've talked to the coaches several times. They're recruiting me real hard. I'd say that they've caught my eye."
Is that to say that the Cavaliers are recruiting him the hardest among his offer schools?
"I'd say yes, but it's very close between them and Stanford," Wiser answers.
With a spring visit to The Farm already in the books and the goal of a decision in the next couple months, Wiser's recruitment may hinge upon his August trip to Charlottesville. There is additionally the matter of his Stanford admissions application, which can always loom large in making or breaking a Cardinal recruitment.
"I'm filling out my application now," Wiser reports. "I'm talking to teachers and getting the recommendations. In the next couple of weeks, I'll get that in, and then it's a waiting game."
Wiser tells The Bootleg that he carries a 4.2 weighted GPA (3.6 unweighted) at Oaks Christian, where he took AP biology, AP U.S. history, honors English and precalculus as a junior. He also has AP European history on his transcript from his sophomore year. He has scored 1900-plus on his SAT in addition to a strong 29 on the ACT.
While a standout student-athlete like Wiser typically weighs the respective academic and football offerings of his favorite schools in his final decision, this wide receiver recruit feels that a Stanford-Virginia decision may come from a more elusive criteria.
"It would be, basically, which one I feel I can be at for four years and have a great experience," Wiser offers. "It'll be a gut decision."
That decision will be coming soon, so stay tuned to The Bootleg.com and Scout.com for the important story of Sean Wiser as his recruitment comes to a crescendo.
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