Hiram RB Trey Wesley hopes his versatility gets recruiters’ attention

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Trey Wesley said he’s hearing from a lot of colleges. He’s just not hearing what he wants to hear.

Wesley is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound running back at Hiram High School — and he’s a good one.

Just ask North Paulding, which saw him run up and down the field to the tune of 263 yards rushing last week, including a school record 98-yard run from scrimmage. Wesley also had an 18-yard reception in that game and popped over on defense long enough to help put the clamps on AJC Super 11 wide receiver Chris Conley in a 45-31 victory.

The performance earned Wesley Player of the Week honors in the region.

Tonight, Wesley hopes to put on another show as the Hornets play host to Sprayberry in the Channel 2 Sports Zone Game of the Week. Chuck Dowdle and I will be there to call the action for WSB on Comcast 248 and Charter 126. The game will be replayed at 1 a.m. on WSB Channel 2.

Wesley sees it as another opportunity to impress college recruiters.

“I’m fast,” Wesley said. “I can run outside or inside. I catch the ball well out of the backfield. I can play defense. I feel like I can play with anybody.”

Wesley’s numbers bear that out. He enters tonight’s game as his team’s leading rusher (687 yards, 5 TDs) and receiver (139). And, as the schedule moves deeper into region play, he is playing more and more snaps at safety and cornerback on defense.

In the meantime, colleges have been buzzing all around Wesley. But to date, none will light.

“I guess they think I’m undersized,” Wesley said. “I’m hearing from a lot of schools. A lot of the teams that call say I should be getting recruited harder than I am. I don’t know if it’s my size or what.”

Schools know who Wesley is. Illinois and Kentucky have seen him play. East Carolina called two weeks ago. UAB, Illinois State and numerous Football Championship Subdivision teams from the South and Midwest have expressed an interest.

“I really think he has the potential to be an ACC-SEC performer,” said Hiram coach Andy Dorsey. “He may be in the secondary in college, but you can play him anywhere.”

Defensive back is where Wesley worked exclusively when he attended college camps this summer. He said he does not mind at all playing that side of the ball.

“Actually, I like it,” he said. “I think it’s easy compared to offense. On offense, you have to depend on so many other people doing their job to do well. On defense, it’s just you against the guy across from you. I like that part about it.”

But Wesley’s work on the offensive side of the ball is extremely impressive. Take last week’s performance.

“We were backed up on our 2-yard line,” Wesley replayed. “All night Coach kept telling me, ‘it’s there, it’s there. You just have to hit it.’ Coach called 131. That’s my favorite play. I probably run that 95 percent of the time. It’s a handoff sweep where I cut off the fullback and follow the guard. They were blitzing inside. The guard picked up the linebacker and I cut it outside and there was nothing but green.”

Later, leading 38-31 in the fourth quarter and trying to milk the clock, Hiram faced fourth-and-one near midfield. But quarterback Jarrod McClain mishandled the snap from center and the ball ended up flying through the air in the backfield.

Wesley got to it first, snatched it out of midair, avoided a tackler, then rambled 46 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.

“It was pretty wild,” Wesley said.

Wesley realizes now all he can do is simply concentrate on playing the best he can for Hiram. Hopefully playing football after high school will take care of itself.

“I’m hoping for some top-level schools to come in,” he said. “I just want to play D-1 ball. I know I have the ability to play. I just need a chance.”

62 comments Add your comment

gomdawg

October 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Sound’s like a very talented man . Go Dawgs .GEORGIA BOY WANT TO PLAY FOR US. LET’S GET HIM.

GATA

October 8th, 2010
11:39 am

I agree, he definitely would be worth looking into if crowell makes a bad decision and goes to bama.

ryan

October 8th, 2010
11:44 am

How about Conley 263 yards i know its HS but thats impressive its why Richt has to stay one more year .

Ryan T

October 8th, 2010
11:47 am

Sounds like he’s be a good A-Back for the Jackets. I’m sure if the grades are there and Tech coaches think he would also be a good blocker, the speed and hands sound like a great fit.

Bama Fan #2

October 8th, 2010
11:52 am

Dee Hart will pick Bama or Michigan after his team game is over tonight in Orlando. Sounds
like he is going to pick the CRIMSON TIDE!! RTR

78 DAWG

October 8th, 2010
11:53 am

Trey, consider Athens young man. CMR is make changes many recruits are going to like, such as, playing against Florida is optional (I guess that’s not a change). Proud winner of the 2010 Fulmer Cup!

JB

October 8th, 2010
11:55 am

Not to rain on the parade….but just because the kid ran for 260+ doesn’t mean he’s an SEC RB. I’m SURE he’s very good, but there’s a difference. Gomdawg, he’s not the 2nd coming of Herschel…or even Patrick Pass for that matter.

ryan

October 8th, 2010
11:56 am

If Richt stays Dee Hart a Tide then should help us with Crowell coming to UGA .

Mac

October 8th, 2010
11:56 am

The kid’s too small.

Why are we reading an article about a kid like this, who no big schools are offering?

Mac

October 8th, 2010
11:58 am

Wow, if Dee Hart picks Alabama, that measn Crowell’s coming to Georgia folks. Ain’t no way he wants to share snaps with Hart.

Chip, why not write up something on this story, could be the biggest coup for Georgia so far, besides the QB’s of course.

leroy

October 8th, 2010
12:13 pm

Why has Tim Tucker become such a snake in the grass lately? His rehashing of UGA player violations is unworhy of him continuing to post on AJC blogs. He puts up a negative headline and leaves it for days. I am extremely disappointed in him and think it is time for him and Jeff S to move on to another state and pull for their state team because we know UGA is not their preferred team. Tim makes cowardly remarks and was not man enough to leave the blog open for comments. Leave the reporting to professionals and not hacks like Jeff S. and what Tim has become. Good riddance to both of them. Sorry Tim but you have become a creep with your intentional digging up garbage.

Mac's Pathetic

October 8th, 2010
12:18 pm

Way to bust on a kid who’s doing his best and having great success! You’re the reason all Georgia recruits must be absolute masochists to put up with such a crass fanbase.

Best of luck to Trey Wesley! I say go to any school that has Georgie on the schedule (maybe Southern) and make DA’s like Mac wish they spent their money on a few more Schlitz tall boys instead of buying tickets to another UGA loss.

Tim

October 8th, 2010
12:32 pm

Wesley isn’t even the best RB in his own county. That would be East Paulding’s Sophomore RB Kamani Thomas who has over 800 yards rushing and 13 TD’s. This is the kid who should be talked about and is going to have recruiters all over him.

Chris Conley is overrated. I watched him play against East Paulding and he had to end up with under 50 yards of total offense. An elite player doesn’t disappear like that. He’s played against sorry competition the past two years and just wowed people during combines.

b

October 8th, 2010
12:54 pm

It seems to me people are doing too much recruiting based on combines, and not on actual playing ability. I know Ga. has made some strange offers on players in Hall Co. without really looking at actual games.
Then they don’t offer the one actual player in the Co., A.J. Johnson.
He’s the real player.

tman

October 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

@tim, you have to realize that Trey Wesley is in a wing T offense getting the ball maximum of 8 to 10 times a game. He also has to split carries between to other backs that have offers. With the RB Kamani Thomas is in a POWER I offense and doesnt share carries. I can almost garauntee you that EP’s RB has twice as many carries as Hiram RB does. You have to realize that, that should say ALOT about this kid. He’s a PLAYMAKER !

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

b..you can blame the AJ Johnson recruiting debacle on the previous defensive coaching staff in my opinion..by the time Coach Grantham and staff came on board that ship pretty much had sailed..also i’m not sure how they viewed him in the 3-4…but you are right from everything i have seen he is a player..this appears to be a young man that got away…i realize that we can’t get everyone and we are going to have good ones get away..all the programs do, but i don’t understand why they slipped up recruiting some of the fine Gainesvillle High players the last few yearsl…

Tim

October 8th, 2010
1:32 pm

Tman, you couldn’t be more wrong.

Thomas splits carries with their #2 back Terrell Hannah. EAST has 231 carries on the year, 100 for Kamani, he’s averaging over 8ypc, I think the 13 TD’s might just give that away that he has big play potential. EAST has 1500 yards rushing on the year with Kamani having over 800, pretty balanced there. In three of the games Kamani only had 10 carries in each one, the other three he was the work horse with over 20.

I’ve watched both players. Thomas is the stud RB, he’s only a Sophomore and is already having coaches flock to EP.

78 DAWG

October 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

I prefer January through August, when we always have the top recruits and are about to win a National Championship (and the players are having a lot of fun as well).

tman

October 8th, 2010
1:55 pm

@Tim, you could be right but you have to realize that Wesley only has 50 to 60 carries and has almost 700 yards (do the math). Hiram has a rotation of 5 RB’s. Which ALL of them have 3 Td’s atleast. Every TD Wesley has had , has been 50 yards and above. That speaks for alot itself. Not to take anything away from Kamani Thomas he’s also a very good player but if you give Wesley 3 games where he carried the ball 20 PLUS times, a lot of damage would have been done. The most carries in game he has ever had was 13. Think about it. This Wesley kid can play RB , WR also i believe he has better hands then most WR’s in the state. You can also match him up at CB with ANY WR in the state. He can also play safety and come up and make the big hit or big play that will turn the game around. In college he will be a very dangerous return man, he’s deadly with the ball in his hand and open space. The kid is a player tim.

GT Sambo

October 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

Yes, but what’s his 40 time? Could he beat Chip in a foot race? These are the questions we recruitniks must ponder.
Seriously though, I’d be interested to know where he went to camps. Is he coming out of nowhere this year? What did he do last year? I wonder how he compares to some of the other A-back recruits (like Chris Milton) for GT.

Matthews Dawg

October 8th, 2010
2:24 pm

78 Dawg…YOU are NO UGA fan! I don’t care what you say after this post, you TECH, UF, BAMA, whatever person are NOT a UGA fan. Go to another site, no cares about your opinion. IF you are a UGA fan, please get off our bus, we don’t want you! You are either for us or against us! Go Dawgs!!

ryan

October 8th, 2010
2:38 pm

I said this before we know we have problems the haters don’t need keep reminding about it we are having a bad year we get it but Richt deserves on more shot at it if we get that one gem recruit and McGarity making all the right moves then the future looks bright .

GStateBen

October 8th, 2010
3:24 pm

No chance he ends up at Georgia unless he’s a walk on. They are looking at recruiting magazines and rankings and it’s getting them killed on Saturdays.

He has confirmed offers form UAB & Northern Illinois. If he wants to stay in state, we’d gladly take him where he can play in the Georgia Dome each Saturday. Just sayin’

R-Dawg

October 8th, 2010
3:26 pm

I keep hereing one more shot for CMR one more class, he will just play a few true freshman, and even if he does in the SEC playing true freshman will only mean loses. It normally takes 2 to3 years for a class to make an impact.Trey seems to be the type of player that would put in the time and effort, the kid seems hungry,

MikeP

October 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

Quote by ryan: “If Richt stays Dee Hart a Tide then should help us with Crowell coming to UGA .”

Why? Do you think Crowell is scared of competition from Hart? Not likely. It’s Hart that has had qualms about schools recruiting other RB’s. More likely, if Crowell declares for bammer Hart will jump off that ship and head for Michigan.

ryan

October 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

Mike P i said it could help us get Crowell i did not say it was a lock you took my words out of context Crowell has a relationship with Richt and one his buddy’s Javis Jones is at UGA and thats a plus .

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
4:18 pm

Ryan..you are correct…and for the record Mike, no one thinks Crowell is scared of competition..you don’t get to that level being scared…What Ryan was saying that Crowell may look at whats at Bama and look at whats at Georgia and realize that his opportunity may come sooner woth the dawgs…plus he has and is a dawg fan and along with some other factors, the dawgs still look good with him…If he goes or doesn’t go to bama it wont be cause of competition, i can assure you of that…Ryan…you said something earlier about the RB from Hall County I. Cross…i will get to watch him up close tonight…He is a junior and is really good, but as Lowndes stated earlier, GT may have the inside track, because of his brother…but the dawgs need to stay on him because is going to get better…you will hear more about him next year…he is recovering from an injury and was able to play last week for the first time…

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
4:21 pm

actually..it was Mr. Cross 2nd or 3rd game back, but he truned it loose last week…

ryan

October 8th, 2010
4:22 pm

Thanks dawgster for the info .

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
4:38 pm

Mathews Dawg…agree with you totally..the guy is defirnately not a dawg fan and if he is then maybe he should just find some other team that wouldn’t disappoint him…I’m still amazed at all the bashing of our team by supposedly dawg fans…its really sad…we all are upset, disappointed, mad, etc..but what do you think the players and coaches feel like…anybody with an ounce of competitiveness in them would never ask for these kind of results..The coaches, players know where they are, and don’t really need people who are not out there busting their rear-end everyday telling them how bad they have performed…i believe the team has grasped that concept..what we need to do is get behind the team and coaches the rest of the year..show them the support and who knows how things will play out..at the end of the season the AD will probably address the issues with Coach Richt…People just realize that nothing is going to happen during the season no matter how it plays out…Its ok to voice your disatisfaction and heck i do that too, i’m not saying we should be happy or accept this kind of play, but there have been some unusual things that have gone on that has affected this season to date…I will add this…i do agree that some or alot of the play calling has been head scratching based on the talent we thought we had…but if i can see it then i’m hoping that Coach Richt and the other coaches see it also…go dawgs

Bremen Dawg

October 8th, 2010
4:47 pm

Does the kid have lot of heart and a motor that never stops? If he does the UGA needs to go after him. We see what kind of performance we get from 4 – 5 star recruits.

Michael

October 8th, 2010
4:48 pm

the Johnson kid from Gainesville is a good player BUT has off field problems.
The best football player in Hall Co is S. Bailey from East Hall….and will be a Dawg.

TheTaxJacket

October 8th, 2010
4:52 pm

**** “Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.” ****

(((( 45 – 42 ))))

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
5:00 pm

Michael…what kind of off-field problems do you think that AJ has…being from this area and the fact i know many of the families…what actually are the off field issues….

naganole

October 8th, 2010
5:05 pm

I’m slightly amused that UGA fans think Crowell gives a d— where Hart goes. Crowell is the complete package, and he’s elite in almost every measurable except overall size. One year in a college S&C program will see him up to 215. Don’t kid yourself, Hart to Bama changes nothing…

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
5:09 pm

TheTaxJacket…i’m not sure who you are amusing with you stupid posts..i think pretty much everyone is aware of the comments and the referenced score…Why don’t you try something really ingenious and come on these blogs and actually post something that shows you have just a little intelligence…i mean is it that hare for you to do…I’m just not sure why a Tech fan would post some negative thnings about the dawgs when you are 1-8 against the dawgs the last nine years..i would understand if you were a gator fan, but a Tech fan giving us a hard time right now…i’m a little surprised…

ryan

October 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

naganole we are saying it might help little that Hart went to Bama i am not saying its a lock for UGA Crowell has a good relationship with Richt and also has a friend Jarvis Jones is a plus .

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

naganole…i have to disagree with you on this one…its not that Crowell cares so much where Hart goes, but he’s going to evaluate the depth at Rb at all of these schools and even though i don’t believe for an instant that he concerns himself with competitionn..you get to that level and that shouldn’t be a concern, however, i do think the fact that he has been a dawg fan, his high school coach even confirms his feelings for the dawgs,, that this will be a factor in his decision, plus Jarvis Jones is a huge plus for us getting him to athens, but it will come down to where he feels the most comfortable and where i believe he feels he can help out immediately…you can say whatever about the dawgs problems and yes we have some, but there is no doubt that our track record for putting Rb’s in the pros has been outstanding…i think that will be something that he looks at too…and again thats not to say that Bama won’t put them in the pros either…i just believe when all is said and done and if Coach Richt stays, and we believe he will…that he will ink with the dawgs, but with 18-19 year old kids…who knows…i know my own son changes is mind about every hour….go dawgs

Einsteindawg

October 8th, 2010
5:19 pm

Somebody please tell coach Rodney Gardner that there are playahs other than inner-city Atlanta. Or, better yet, tell our next recruiting coordinator as I don’t think Rodney will be here much longer.

dawgster

October 8th, 2010
5:23 pm

Michael…agree with you Bailey is a very good player and will do well with the dawgs…he just hasn’t gotten alot of hype because, sadly his team has not fared well the past few seasons…I still believe having seen many of the Hall County players play, that AJ is probably tops, but he also he has played for some very good teams the past few seasons…

naganole

October 8th, 2010
6:02 pm

@ryan I’m not saying that Crowell wouldn’t want to play with his ex-teammate, and that he probably does have a good relationship with the coaching staff. However, thinking that Hart’s decision, whatever it may be, helps steer him one way or the other is kidding yourself. There are about 30 or so backs in the nation comparable to Hart, but only 2 or 3 others compare to Crowell….

Tim

October 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

tman,

Take away the huge game against North P, his stats aren’t that good. It’s only 424 yards without that game. Less than a 100 yards a game before his one big one. Not impressive.

ryan

October 8th, 2010
6:23 pm

Naganole you have your opinion and we have ours we can debate all day but we just be wasting are time what ever happens will happen .

ryan

October 8th, 2010
10:39 pm

Hart chooses Michigan over Bama so looks like UGA will still have to fight for Crowell .

naganole

October 8th, 2010
11:37 pm

Would have made no difference…

MikeP

October 9th, 2010
12:32 am

As I said up-thread, Crowell doesn’t give a rat’s azz what Hart does. What UGA better do is start getting in touch with some other RB’s, because the way it is right now if they whiff on Crowell they don’t have a plan B.

Paddy

October 9th, 2010
6:16 am

Mac…..hate to say this but you sound like a real redneck. Hope you arn’t a Dawg fan?

ryan

October 9th, 2010
9:17 am

Well you can’t say Crowell is lock for Bama after Hart decision just because your the champions does not mean its automatic that you get everyone a lot of it has to were a player feels comfortable now if Richt is fired then yes Bama is lock but if Richt returns then its not a lock .

Lowndes25

October 9th, 2010
9:29 am

MikeP, if we were to somehow miss out on Crowell (which I don’t see happening as long as Richt is here) then we do in fact have a couple of different options. We would most likely offer RB Josh Clemons (son of former UGA player Charlie Clemons) and also Tre Mason out of the state of Florida. Neither guy is in the same league as Crowell (not very many people are), but to say that we don’t have a plan B is an inaccurate statement. We are also pushing hard for 2012 RB’s Matt Jones and Keith Marshall.

David Granger

October 9th, 2010
10:42 am

It always amazes me how colleges fixate on size…even at positions where lack of size can be an asset.
Sure…you want your linemen and linebackers to be big, tough guys. But look at how many small running backs have EXCELLED at all levels. Sure, you have to take some hits…and maybe a small running back is not the best power runner. But damn…James Brooks, Barry Sanders, Dalton Hilliard, Dave Meggett, Steve Broussard, Eric Metcalfe, Dexter Carter, Joe Morris…how many does it take?
If Wesley’s a legitimate 6-1 and weighs 180 right now, you have to figure in a couple of years at a training table with a steady conditioning and weight program…he’s going to be 6-1 and 195 or better. And though that’s not truly a BIG running back, it’s not really a small one, either.
There have probably been more small players who were tremendously successful at running back than at any other position.