The effects of Tyler Whiley's hot start to the offseason are still being felt. The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete was a standout at a 7-on-7 event in Las Vegas. He followed that up with a strong showing at the Phoenix stop of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under-Armour. Now he's reaping more rewards.
The most recent prize was an offer from Oregon State, which arrived on Monday afternoon. The offer was Whiley's fifth overall and one that has him curious. The Arizona-based prospect isn't one to throw out hyperbole or start naming favorites. He thinks before he speaks and his feelings on schools are always muffled.
If nothing else, his words are honest.
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"I don't really know much about them," Whiley said of Oregon State. "I just know I want to get to know them a little better."
It was Oregon State assistant Mike Cavanaugh who offered Whiley by phone on Monday. Whiley describes the conversation in typical Whiley fashion. The rising junior is short and to the point. There's little opinion included and few lines to read between.
"He said I fit perfect for them and that was pretty much it," he said.
He elaborates a little bit, but only when pressed. Whiley is being recruited at different positions by different programs. There seems to be some debate as to whether he projects as a wide receiver or as a defensive back at the next level. When it comes to that topic, Oregon State seems to be staying neutral.
"They say I can play anywhere," Whiley said. "They said they think I could be running routes or covering people, so I guess they are recruiting me as an athlete for now.
"They're trying to get me on a visit, but I'm not sure when exactly."
The only visit currently set in stone will take place this weekend, when Wiley plans to drop by hometown school Arizona State.
"I just want to get to know Coach (DelVaughn) Alexander a little better," Whiley said. "We've been talking a little bit and I'm going there so we can talk a little bit more about, just, football."
Whiley won't be permitted to take official visits for some time but says he intends to grant Oklahoma one of the five allotted to him under NCAA rules. He has given no thought to which schools may receive the other four.