For one California Junior College football player it’s all about working hard, finding a way to get back home.
Former Knoxville Fulton High School football star Charles Wiley is focused on one thing, getting an offer from his hometown school, the University of Tennessee.
“I grew up bleeding Orange and White,” Wiley told InsideTennessee.com Monday evening. “Tennessee almost offered me this spring, if I could have graduated by the end of summer and enrolled in August they told me that they would have already offered.”
Wiley, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound athlete who runs a 5.1 forty, was a non qualifier coming out of high school. According to Wiley, his grades have improved and his on track to graduate in December.
“Tennessee is showing a lot of interest,” Wiley explained. “I think they want to see a little of my fall season before offering.”
What would an offer from the University of Tennessee mean to Wiley?
“It would mean everything,” Wiley said. “I love Knoxville. I want to come back home.”
According to Wiley, if an offer comes it will be an easy decision for the Knoxville Tennessee big man.
“I wouldn’t even have to breathe before I commit to them,” laughed Wiley. “Getting an offer from UT would be a dream come true.”
Wiley started all 10 games for Grossmont Community College last fall and received honorable mention all conference for his efforts.
Wiley is building a good relationship with the new Tennessee coaching staff.
“Coach (Ed) Orgeron is a great coach,” Wiley said. “I really like the new attitude and the energy the new coaching staff is bringing to Rocky Top.”
Wiley is currently receiving interest from LSU, Kansas, Kansas State and Tennessee.
There is no doubt, that Rocky Top is home sweet home to Wiley, he is hoping that he will get to finish his college career at the place he calls home.