Navy Latest To Offer Liberty-Eylau’s Andre Wiley Jr.
It's not over yet for Andre Wiley Jr.
At least, Navy hopes it's not over. Liberty-Eylau's rising senior defensive back reported Monday evening that the United States Naval Academy invited him to join the Midshipmen program upon graduation next year.
Navy's offer marks Wiley's third college football option within the FBS and his sixth overall invitation. He is committed to Arkansas State and holds other opportunities to Central Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi Valley State and Stephen F. Austin.
The latest option could give Wiley (5-9, 175) something to think about. Navy is about play its first season as a member of the American Athletic Conference after 135 years as an independent.
The move will pit the Midshipmen against a handful of teams that have made waves in the past decade, including Cincinnati and Louisville. Connecticut, Houston, SMU, East Carolina, San Diego State, Tulane and Tulsa also have enjoyed successful seasons during the timespan.
Additionally, the program participates in a high-profile game against Army. It's the absolute final game of the college football regular season, occurring the week after conference championship games.
Wiley would simultaneously have the opportunity to train for an officer position within the United States Navy at the academy.
Navy, based in Annapolis, Md., won the 1926 national championship, was home of two Heisman Trophy winner in Joe Bellino and Roger Staubach and has been to bowl games in seven of eight seasons under head coach Ken Niumatalolo.
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.
Wiley, like all other football prospects in the Class of 2016, will become eligible to sign with a program 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)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offers from Baylor, Texas Tech (2)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- 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)
- 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 – committed to Arkansas State; additional offers from Louisiana Tech, Navy (3)