Fruita’s Wiley, Church make college picks

Colorado Mesa University’s local football recruiting class just keeps growing.

Yet another local high school athlete, Fruita Monument High School’s Tyler Church, has signed to play football at CMU.

Also signing a national letter of intent for Fruita on Thursday was Aubri Wiley, who will receive a partial scholarship to play soccer at Oklahoma Christian University.

Church was a 6-foot, 200-pound defensive end for the Wildcats. He said new CMU coach Russ Martin will likely have him play linebacker or safety, in which case he’d be competing with fellow Wildcat and Maverick signee Cody Daniels.

“Cody’s a great player,” Church said. “But competition is my thing. We’ll see.”

Church said he was considering Redlands University in California and Adams State in Alamosa for football.

He also had a walk-on offer for track and field at the University of Maryland. Church throws discus.

Wiley, on the other hand, will head to Oklahoma City, only 10 minutes from where one of her grandmothers lives and one hour from another. Needless to say, Wiley, who was born in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado when she was 4, looks forward to home-cooked meals now and then.

“But my grandmas aren’t smothering,” she said, “which is good.”

Wiley, who plays left back, also was considering Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory’s in Oklahoma.

Wiley said her best asset as a player is her determination. After all, she said, her middle name is “run.”

“I will go through anything,” she said, “to get to the ball. I’ll run everywhere.”

With four sisters and a brother, Wiley said she had plenty of support, something she credits to her success.

“They came to every game,” Wiley said, “in a packed mini-van. My mom is the ultimate soccer mom.”


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