It's been no secret that Ole Miss' 2016 recruiting class is off to a hot start. Sunday night, Charles Wiley added to that blistering pace as the four-star from Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Ga. committed to Hugh Freeze's Rebels.
The 6'3, 234-pound weak-side defensive end brings a unique skill set to the table for defensive line coach Chris Kiffin and his Rush Men. Wiley has the size to compete up front in the trenches, but also has the speed to be a possible candidate at linebacker. 247Sports' Keith Niebuhr reported that Wiley clocked an impressive 4.62 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening Atlanta Regional earlier this month.
With that speed, Wiley uses a high motor and an impressive use of his hands to fight off blocks and corral the ball carrier or quarterback. In 2014, he collected 56 tackles, 20 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries. Wiley will add to the already stellar group of playmakers that Kiffin has in his meeting room in order to build off of the No. 1 scoring defense of 2014.
Wiley's offer list is extremely impressive as he holds offers from most SEC programs, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. Kiffin went toe-to-toe on the crootin trail with Rodney Garner (Auburn), Tracy Rocker (UGA), Joe Robinson (South Carolina) and Scott Booker (Notre Dame), which is all you need to know about what some of football's best defensive minds think of the young man from Georgia.
Speaking of the Peach State, probably the most important thing is the continuation of the Stockbridge pipeline that Freeze has started. Wiley will join his former high school teammates DeMarquis Gates and Kendarius Webster in Oxford.
How does he fit in?
As far as where Mr. Wiley fits in when he arrives on campus, that remains to be seen. He stands at 6'3 right now, which would give Kiffin and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Dave Wommack plenty of options whether that be with a hand in the dirt coming off the edge or standing up on the second level. He reminds me of a young C.J. Johnson as Wiley's size is almost a mirror image of when Johnson came out of high school. That comparison and his 4.62 speed could get him on the field very early.