Wiley gets junior all-star game invite

Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel

Douglas County wide receiver Dariyan Wiley, who had four touchdown receptions this season, was recently invited to participate in the Georgia Junior Bowl All-Star Game next month.

After heading stories from his teammates about their experience at the Georgia Junior Bowl, Dariyan Wiley set his goal to be part of the game this year.

The Douglas County High junior wide receiver saw it become a reality when he was extended an invitation on Sunday night.

Wiley will join teammates Mataio Soli and Josh Slay for this year's contest next month.

"It is something that I really wanted to do," Wiley said. "I'm so excited and looking forward to the entire experience. I've heard all the good things my teammates said about the game, and I'm ready."

All three players will be on Team Dedication for the annual game, which pits the top juniors in the state against each other. Tigers coach Johnny White serves as defensive coordinator for Team Commitment.

"Yeah, we want some bragging rights against coach White," Wiley said.

It is the second year in a row that player from Douglas County have been selected to the prestigious game. Last December, linebacker Braelen Oliver, running back Uriah West, cornerback Charles Gadie and lineman Lawrence Lagrone played in the game. White served as the defensive line coach.

In addition, Wiley was selected to play in the Tru 19 All-Star Game, which is held in Texas in January.

"My hard work is starting to get notice," Wiley said. "These games will help me get the exposure that I need."

This past season, the 6-foot-4 wideout had 26 receptions for 393 yards and four touchdowns. Tigers offensive coordinator Travis Smith said Wiley is continue to grown into his role as a receiver on the varsity level. He had one reception for 15 yards last season against varsity competition.

"He is a super athlete and good kid with some some speed and great hands," Smith said. "He is starting to come into his own and starting to figure things out on the varsity level. We are definitely excited for him next season."

Wiley is looking for more productive with a year's experience under his belt.

He showed flashes of his potential a few times this season. He had what would be the game-winning touchdown reception against Langston Hughes in a key Region 5-AAAAAA contest in September.

Tigers quarterback Marquise' Collins connected with Wiley on the 75-yard scoring play with 2:03 remaining as the team went on to win 30-27 on the road.

In last week's playoff loss to Alpharetta, he had an 43-yard scoring reception.

"We were a very run heavy offense," Wiley said. "I tried to do my part when I was called on."

Smith said going against some top competition during the week-long practice leading up to the all-star games will benefit Wiley.

"He is a super competitive player," Smith said. "He will go up against the best in the state, and I know he is looking forward to that. It is going to do wonders for his confidence."

In all, there have been eight players with ties to the county that have been invited to the weeklong activities that conclude with an all-star game. Former players include Josiah Coatney (Chapel Hill, 2012), Mikell Lands-Davis (Alexander, 2013) and Douglas County residents Sam Dobbs (Landmark Christian, 2013) and Steve Bedosky (Landmark Christian, 2014).

Beside getting to practice in front of recruiting analyst during the week, players will get instructions in SAT/ACT preparation, financial literacy, career paths, drug-free sports awareness and conduct on social media alone with many other topics.

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