Ole Miss has had it’s fair share of successful players over the years, but I think most college football fans know them better for The Grove than they do for just about anyone who doesn’t have the last name Manning.
Hugh Freeze is trying to change that though and the Rebels are building up a nasty defense led by a dominating front four. Stockbridge, Georgia’s Charles Wiley should fit right in with what they’ve been doing on defense and has the tools to one day terrorize quarterbacks in the SEC.
Wiley is not the ideal in terms of height and length for an edge player, but he makes up for that with twitchy athleticism. He flashes some explosive quickness with great speed. He has room to add weight to his frame without sacrificing speed.
It’s not uncommon for a lot of young edge rushers to be struggle at the point of attack versus the run, but not Wiley. He does a good job of holding his ground and getting off blocks to get in on the play. He will meet the trap block with a wrong arm to correctly spill the runner, but also shows the athleticism to get back out and make the play on the back.
He will work hard to set the edge and keep contain and also gives good effort as a chase player on the backside.
He is so difficult for offensive tackles at the high school level to block in one on one pass rush situations because he can convert speed to power and pretty much bull rush them into the quarterback. He consistently did this to produce pressure. He shows the ability to dip and bend around the edge and probably could have been an even more dangerous rusher if he was consistently aligned wider.
He doesn’t show any true counters with his hands right now, but he has great initial moves to work off of that he can expand on at the next level.
He should be a great fit on the edge as defensive end for the Rebels.
Wiley could end up being an immediate contributor as an edge rusher the moment he steps on campus and everything I see from him makes me think he should develop into a quality starting lineman in the SEC. He has the potential to develop into one of the top pass rushers in the SEC.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).