Chatting With Warren Township Top Linebacker Recruit Liam Wiley Class Of 2024
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Liam Wiley Warren Township Linebacker Class Of 2024 6'3 180
Liam Wiley how was your junior season? Junior season was definitely a roller coaster for myself. At the start of the year I was the 3rd string SAM linebacker, and by week two, when I was presented with the opportunity to show myself at practice, I did and it payed off. When I blocked a punt in the 4th quarter against Maine south I really started to earn my spot. Week 3 was my first official start of the year, and from then on I kept it. Week 5 was definitely a reality check for our team after our upset loss against Lake Zurich. But in the long run I really think it helped bring the team closer together to want to win together. The rest of the season was an absolute blast until our loss against Lincoln Way East in the 3rd round of the playoffs. Over a great year and I took a huge step towards my progress in football. What does football mean to you? If I’m being honest at first it was just a fun hobby to do, but once I started lifting with varsity and playing football with varsity I realized how cool it was to be apart of a winning culture. As hard as some of our workouts are, it’s hard to notice because you’re with a bunch of guys you trust and are with every day of the year. Then just building relationships with coaches over the years have been awesome. Playing in front of your home town is a feeling that just can’t be topped.
What schools have you been talking to so far?
I’ve been in conversation with a D2 program Minnesota Moorhead. A few D3 coaches have followed me on Twitter. And I was invited to the junior day at Valpo but had baseball so I wasn’t able to attend.
What should college coaches know about you?
I think at the end of the day nobody can doubt my work ethic. This year I’ve been up at 5am monday-Friday missing only two days due to sickness. I’ve never missed a practice in season in my 3 years of playing. I’m extremely coachable and personable. And if they need a player to step up in a big moment I can be that guy. Also I’m a big time leader, I love stepping up for the guys and being a role model to people who need it.
What do you like about playing linebacker?
I love being able to play the run, absolutely love blitzing, and can drop back into coverage at any time. It’s a big time physical position but also just as much mental, If you can get a mental edge on the other team, it takes away some of the physical struggles that can present themselves. It also helps when you have an awesome coach like Coach Van Schaick who is the best defensive coordinator in the state in my opinion.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? My goals for the upcoming season are to be conference champions, then win state. My goals for myself are to be the best leader I can be on the defensive and offensive side of the ball. I want to be all conference, and would love to be able to achieve all state. If I can get all those I would consider it a great senior season for myself and the team.
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