is a busy man. Wile, a kicker from San Diego (Calif.) Francis
Parker, will go on three official visits in three consecutive weekends in
January. He just came off of the first one this past weekend.
"I went to Air Force this past weekend," Wile said. "It was great. I
really loved the campus. It's a great area. The chapel was awesome. It's
a very impressive campus and it's very condensed."
Going into the U.S. Army All-American game Wile was sitting on a San Diego State offer. Since just last Thursday Wile has picked up three new offers,
one of them a gray shirt, and it's all a bit of a whirlwind right now.
"Since the U.S. Army All-American game I have received an offer from
Michigan, Nebraska and a gray shirt from Washington. The new interest has
been amazing. I never thought that this would happen to me.
"I am not going to lie; it's kind of freaking me out. I was pretty stressed
out about this all a little earlier today. It's been a really great
experience overall. I am excited to see what happens over the next few
Wile is off to Ann Arbor this weekend and then to Lincoln the weekend after.
Wile isn't planning on taking any other trips at the moment and says after
Nebraska he should have a decision.
"I head to Michigan this weekend for an official visit and then I will go to
Nebraska the weekend after. Then, if everything stays the same, I should
have a decision after that."
Wile said that things are really down to three schools and comparing them
equally will be difficult. It will be difficult because one of the schools
is a service academy and that will be tough to compare apples to apples.
"Right now it comes down to Michigan, Nebraska and Air Force. I have to
compare a service academy to college and then those two colleges with one
"I need to figure out which one fits me best out of those three. I need to
look at academically, personally and football-wise. I am going to see if it
just clicks when I get there."
One thing that Wile is considering with his decision is early playing time.
He's a competitor and would like to play, but at the same time he could just
about have his graduate studies done with five years of school.
"I know that Nebraska has an early playing time possibility and I am
considering early playing time in my decision. I would like to play early,
but it's also not a bad thing to have five years of college paid for. I
could probably get my graduate studies done."
Coach Lance Ortega told Big Red Report that he thinks that Wile is
the top combo kicker in the nation. Wile says that he gives one area of
kicking a slight edge, but that gap is always closing.
"Right now I have no preference. For the longest time I wanted to kick
field goals. I was mediocre at punting until I figured it out and I went to
the U.S. Army All-American game as a punter. I got pretty good at it.
"My strengths right now is still probably field goals, but it's probably
just a 60-40 advantage and I continue to close that gap. I also like to
think that I have a pretty strong leg for kick offs. In the All-American
game I put one four yards deep."
Matt Wile might have just been holding one offer going into the U.S. Army All-American game, but things have been picking up since then. He's picking up new offers and will take three trips in three weeks in January. The Huskers are in the on-deck circle with Wile already having visited Air Force and will be going to Michigan this weekend.