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ASU lands four-star athlete

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Tuesday included little downtime for Four-Star Tyler Whiley.
First there was the commitment to Arizona State. Then the calls from family, friends and reporters came rushing to his phone shortly thereafter. But as he scurried to get ready for a football activity on Tuesday afternoon, he found time to confirm the news via text … barely.
So why the Sun Devils? That's one of the few questions the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral had time to answer. His talking points were obvious, but it's not as though ASU fans will mind that much. The act is important. The reasons can wait.
"I trusted everything they had to offer," Whiley said in a text message. "The idea of staying home and playing in front of my friends and family meant a lot."
Insight beyond that, however, is rare for the time being. Asked when things became official and how the Sun Devil staff reacted to his commitment, Whiley was short. His words of that of a player with an overflowing schedule.
"It happened today," he wrote. "The coaches went crazy!"
Whiley, who plays both offense and defense at Chaparral, also confirmed that Arizona State plans to use him as a wide receiver.
Texts asking if he plans to take additional official visits were not immediately returned.
The No. 13-ranked athlete in the country and the No. 7 overall prospect in a loaded state of Arizona, Whiley caught 36 passes for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He also made 49 tackles and intercepted a pair of passes, one of which he returned 69 yards.
He chose Arizona State over 12 other offers, including ones from UCLA, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State and Washington.
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