Army Offers Liberty-Eylau’s Andre Wiley Jr.
Andre Wiley Jr. already had an opportunity to play in one of the nation's most classic college football rivalries.
Now it's just a matter of what side the rising senior defensive back from Liberty-Eylau wants to choose, if any.
The United States Military Academy at West Point, "Army," offered the rising senior defensive back from Liberty-Eylau on Friday. Wiley (5-9, 175) confirmed the news to ETSN.fm.
The Black Knights' invitation came five days after chief rival Navy reached out to the defender. Together, the two programs conclude the college football regular season with the annual Army-Navy Game.
Wiley is the second East Texas football prospect in the Class of 2016 to hear from West Point. He joins John Tyler defensive tackle Braylon Jones on the school's recruiting board.
Jones owns a triple crown among the nation's top military schools. Air Force and Navy also are actively recruiting him.
Wiley is an Air Force offer shy of tying Jones in the category.
Army has dropped the past 12 games to Navy, but it has been within a touchdown in three of the past four years. Jeff Monken will begin his second season in West Point, N.Y., in September on the heels of a 4-8 record in 2014.
The Black Knights are one of the three remaining independents in the sport and join only Brigham Young as a team completely unaffiliated with a conference.
With scheduling leeway, Army generally plays a balanced slate featuring a high-profile game outside its rivalry with Navy.
If Wiley plays for West Point, he would get to square off against Notre Dame in Baltimore during his true freshman season while also having an opportunity to become an officer within the United States Army upon graduation.
West Point claims back-to-back-to-back national championships from 1944 through 1946 and is home to three Heisman Trophies won by Doc Blanchard, Glenn Davis and Pete Dawkins between 1945 and 1958.
Wiley was one of more than 100 East Texas high school prospects to attend the ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine presented by Azalea Orthopedics on Sunday in Tyler.
The defensive back tied for third among skill players in the 185-pound bench press with 17 reps. He also ran a pro agility time of 4.16 seconds while opting out of the event’s 40-yard dash testing.
Aside from Army and Navy, Wiley has college football opportunities with Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi Valley State. He will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, California, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (27)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Ke'Mon Freeman, QB/ATH, Liberty-Eylau, 5-11, 188 -- offers from Arkansas State, North Texas (2)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Texas Tech (2)
- La’Darius Hamilton, LB, Corrigan-Camden, 6-1, 220 — offer from ULL (1)
- Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offers from SMU, ULL (2)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, California, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (38)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State (4)
- Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — offers from Missouri, Texas State (2)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-6, 207 — offers from Cincinnati, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, North Texas, SMU, ULL, ULM (9)
- Micahh Smith, DB, Marshall, 5-11, 185 — offer from Texas State (1)
- Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 6-0, 190 — offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas State (4)
- Andre Wiley Jr., OLB/S, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – offers from Arkansas State, Army, Louisiana Tech, Navy (4)