Two tight end class? Two tight end class.
After several years of poor depth at the position, Derek Warehime’s position room might finally have all the seats filled come 2019. Temple TE Jared Wiley committed to Texas today over finalists of Houston and Missouri to join the #fUTure19 class. Wiley joins Brayden Liebrock as the second TE commit of the class.
Wiley is as athletic of a tight end prospect Tom Herman could have found. Though he projects to TE at the next level, Wiley will be playing quarterback for the Wildcats in the upcoming season. He also plays baseball for Temple, accumulating a .315 batting average this season per Max Preps.
How he fits at Texas: Wiley is what we like to call “a willing blocker” meaning that his film includes examples of him looking to base block true DL without shying away from the physical requirements of the position. That matters a lot in Texas’ scheme, where the TE is often helped by H-back alignments but is still asked to regularly crash into big, athletic defenders. Wiley has a lot of upside flexing out and running routes thanks to some nifty footwork and burst, if nothing else he’ll be a guy that Texas can motion wide whom defenders won’t be able to ignore. He’s already showing flashes on film of excelling in the wide variety of tasks that Texas asks of their TE and should provide a high floor for the position if nothing else when he’s a 6-5, 250 pounder in 3-4 years. – Ian Boyd
Our Joe Cook spoke with Wiley Friday following Temple’s spring game.
Wiley on the transition to TE at the next level: “Just a lot of hard work. I’ve played quarterback since I was little. I made the transition within a couple of weeks last year. I know that I can do that at the next level, too. It’ll just be a lot of hard work and a lot of training.”
Wiley on if he’s a fit at TE: “I like the position now, blocking and catching. I can see myself as a really good fit at tight end.”
Wiley on what stood out about Texas: “The fact that right when we stepped on campus we got greeted by every coach. You know that happens at a junior day, but they just do everything a little bit better and really made me feel like I was at home. I love every experience up there.”
Wiley on why Texas: “Home is where the heart is. Wherever I go is because my gut and my heart tell me to go there.”
Wiley on Derek Warehime: “We’ve gotten really close. A phone call twice a week, maybe. At the spring game I met his family, all great people. He’s a great coach, too.”
Wiley on Texas’ offense in the spring: “They call them the Y-Dogs up there. I liked how much they got the ball. I remember one coach looking at me and he was like ‘that’s 10 catches for the Y-Dogs.’ Practice had just started, and I like the ball in my hands, so I really liked how they got the ball to the tight ends and let them go to work with it.”
Wiley on Texas’ future: “It’s definitely headed up. I think here in the next two or three years they’ll be playing for a national championship.”
Wiley is the eighth member of Texas’ 2019 class joining Tyler Johnson (Conroe Oak Ridge), Brayden Liebrock (Chandler – AZ), Kenyatta Watson II (Grayson – GA), De’Gabriel Floyd (Westlake – CA), Jordan Whittington (Cuero), T’Vondre Sweat (Huntsville), and Roschon Johnson (Port Neches-Groves).