The buzz surrouding Tyler Whiley has apparently only begun to build. First the mailers from major programs ramped up. Then, the phone calls to his coach started to become more frequent. Invitations to top camps and multiple junior days showed up soon after. Then came a few offers.
Washington entered the mix. Arizona and Arizona State tossed their hats in the circle as well. And this week, a college football blueblood came calling.
Oklahoma extended a verbal offer to the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete on Monday morning, and the Sooners certainly have the 2014 prospect's attention. He doesn't name favorites. That's not a game he's willing to play at such an early juncture. He does, however, grasp the offer's significance.
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"It's a great program," Whiley said. "They're always at least top-20 every year. They produce a lot of good guys. They always have good team every, single year."
Sooners assistant coach Tim Kish usually recruits the Phoenix area for Oklahoma. And while he's certainly involved with Whiley, the early stages of the chase have been a team effort of sorts.
A one-man show this is not. Whiley's high school coach notified him of the scholarship offer on Monday and instructed him to place a call to Norman, Okla., right away. From there, everyone chipped in for the cause.
"I talked to all of the defensive coaches," Whiley said. "They kind of passed the phone around. They were all ready excited about me possibly coming there."
The business of an unofficial visit is still being attended to.
"They want me to come down, and I'm going to go," Whiley said. "I'm not really sure when yet or anything for sure, but I am definitely going to take a visit there."
Time to dwell on OU might be in short supply, though. According to Whiley, another offer may soon follow. These things have a way of setting off chain reactions, after all.
"I've heard from my coaches that Nebraska might be about to offer," Whiley said. :I'm not really sure about that one, but that's what people are saying. I'm just waiting it out to see."
Whiley plays both wide receiver and defensive back at Chaparral but has no preference when it comes to which he'll play in college.