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Pizza, football help Jared Wiley lead Temple
Pizza wins over stomachs, which wins over hearts. New Texas commit Jared Wiley hopes it helps win some football games at Temple High as a senior. The prep quarterback buys nine Little Caesars pizzas every Monday, delivering three to his wide receivers and the rest to his group of offensive linemen.
“I do it with the offensive linemen and the wide receivers, so I can get on them and they still trust me,” Wiley explained after Temple’s spring game. “Leadership is what gets you far in the playoffs.”
The 6-6 future tight end picked the Longhorns on May 26 over Missouri and Houston. He joined Arizona’s Brayden Liebrock as the two tight ends Texas will take in the 2019 class, which grew to nine members on Sunday night when four-star wide receiver Jake Smith pledged to Texas over USC. The class now ranks No. 12 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma.
Wiley is a project. He started his prep career at quarterback and will lead Temple again as a senior after playing tight end his junior season. He finished the year with 25 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll move back to quarterback as a senior though he understands a position change is in his immediate future at Texas.
“I feel like the best way for me to get to the NFL is tight end, so that is what I will focus on in college,” Wiley said. “I want to finish my high school career with a big year at quarterback. I need to work on my blocking and footwork. I have the receiving part down. Playing quarterback helps me understand route-running and what a defense wants to take away in coverages.”
Wiley is described as a competitive and unselfish player. He was upset that he was forced to wear a red jersey during the spring game because it didn’t allow him to run the football against the defense. The big man doesn’t mind contact. He requires it. It’s that type of mentality that makes his head coach a true believer in Wiley’s upside as a prospect.
“All he wants to do is win and he won’t take shortcuts. He squats 415 and that doesn’t happen by accident,” said Temple head coach Scott Stewart. “In my mind, he’s a Sunday caliber tight end. The sky is the limit. He’ll do whatever is asked of him to help the team be successful.”
Texas affectionately refers to the tight end position as the “white owls” of the offense. Wiley built a bond with assistant coach Derek Warehime and was impressed with how many touches his future position group received during the Orange-White game in April. Wiley was in attendance as a visitor and it was the visit that sealed the deal for the Longhorns.
“Home is where the heart is. My gut and my heart told me to go to Texas,” he said. “Coach Warehime and I talk twice a week. I met his family at the spring game and they’re great people. I can’t wait to be a white owl.”
Wiley also sees the trajectory of the Texas program trending upwards under the leadership of Tom Herman.
“I think within the next two or three years, we’ll be playing for a national championship,” he said.
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