Tyler Whiley's recruitment has officially crossed state lines. It's not a particularly meaningful milestone for the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral junior but, hey, it's something. Until Monday afternoon, the battle to secure his services was a simple battle between Arizona and Arizona State.
Then, Washington crashed the party.
"They offered around noon today," Whiley said. "It was the head coach and Coach [Peter] Sirmon."
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So what does the junior's third Pac 12 offer mean for the larger scope of things? For now, that's uncertain. Whiley names no favorites in the process and says the only schools actively recruiting him are the three that have offered him scholaships.
Still, he intends to explore. The 2014 athlete attended Arizona State's junior day on Jan. 27 and will make his way to a similar event at Arizona during the coming weekend. Anything beyond that is speculation for now, but the travel itinerary will eventually grow.
"I don't really know much about Washington, but I know they are rebuilding their facility," Whiley said. "That's really, really, really nice. I'm definitely going to try to get out there on an unofficial visit sometime soon. I'm not sure, maybe for the spring game."
According to Whiley, Arizona State remains in closest contact. He names the Sun Devils as the school that seems to be pursuing him the hardest at this juncture.
"It's Coach [Mike] Norvell recruiting me," Whiley said. "He's a great guy and a great coach. I went to the junior day there, and I think it was great. They had the academic staff there. It seems like they are really, really big on their education They make sure their players graduate after football."
Whiley caught 36 passes for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior at Chaparral. He also recorded 49 tackles, including seven for a loss.