Liberty-Eylau’s Andre Wiley Jr. Picks Up Central Arkansas + Stephen F. Austin Offers
Liberty-Eylau hybrid linebacker and defensive back Andre Wiley Jr. picked up his fourth and fifth Division I college football scholarship opportunities Wednesday.
Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin did the honors, Demarcus Haskins of Network Athletics reported to ETSN.fm. Both schools want him as a safety.
With the Bears and Lumberjacks in the mix, Wiley (5-10, 170) has three college choices among FCS teams in addition to offers from Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech on the FBS level. Mississippi Valley State is the prospect's third FCS choice.
All of Wiley's offers have arrived since March 14. They come on the heels of an impressive 2014 season in which Liberty-Eylau advanced all the way to the Class 4A Division I, Region II championship game before a three-point loss to Argyle.
Navasota defeated Argyle in double overtime to win the state championship.
Liberty-Eylau could be in store for another strong season. Six players from to school, including Wiley, have accepted invitations to the ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine presented by Azalea Orthopedic on May 10 in Tyler.
As of Wednesday evening, 105 area prospects have confirmed they will attend the invitation only event.
Central Arkansas and Stephen F. Austin compete in the Southland Conference, and both programs posted winning records against FCS competition last season. The Bears defeated the Lumberjacks, 49-39, in league play.
Stephen F. Austin, however, qualified for the playoffs with an 8-4 regular season record. Central Arkansas finished its year 6-6 overall, including a close loss against Texas Tech.
Steve Campbell is entering his second season in Conway, Ark., and, interestingly enough, succeeded current Stephen F. Austin head coach Clint Conque. It's his first head coaching job on the FCS level.
Campbell served as the head of Mississippi Gulf Cost Junior College for 10 seasons prior to accepting the Central Arkansas job and posted an 87-22 record in the NJCAA.
The Bears landed seven Texas in their most recent signing class, including offensive lineman Hunter Lee from New Boston.
Conque is entering the second season of his gig at Stephen F. Austin and increased the Lumberjacks' win total by five in his first year. He has 14 years of head coaching experience, all at Central Arkansas before the most recent campaign.
The Lumberjacks signed 20 Texas high school players in February and added several East Texas walk-ons. Arp running back Marcalas Johnson and Tatum linebacker Kyshaun Smith were a part of the scholarship class.
Wiley, like all high school football players graduating in 2016, becomes eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.