Wiles picks the Battlers
St. Charles graduate signs to D-II program for football
Elijah Wiles had several options when he was looking to continue his academic and football career in college. But it was Alderson Broaddus University that felt like the right fit.
“I went on a visit there and everyone just made me feel at home,” said Wiles, who made his official visit in January. “The coaches and some of the players on campus showed me around the school and it was just the best position for me to be in by picking that school.”
The St. Charles High School graduate officially made his final decision on May 23, officially signing with the Battlers football program to play running back and slot receiver.
Alderson Broaddus, located in Philippi, W.Va., plays at the NCAA Division II level. The Battlers are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference which and will kick off the season on Sept. 1 when it visits Division I outfit Robert Morris (Pa.) in a nonconference affair. The conference features teams in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia. The team competed with an independent schedule last fall and finished with a 7-4 record under head coach Dennis Creehan.
“It was a blessing to earn a scholarship and get a free education,” said Wiles, who starting gaining interest from the Battlers as a junior. “The area is very quiet and there is not much distraction. The school is near the mountains and the school is very small, so I will have more one-on-one connections with my teachers.”
During his recruitment, Wiley had other interests in Division I’s Liberty University (Va.), Division II’s Dordt College (Iowa), and Division III outfit Frostburg State University, but found his college home with the Battlers. He will major in computer science.
“We are proud and excited to see Elijah get a chance to play on the next level,” St. Charles head football coach Avery Williams. “He has a great determination and has worked hard for his opportunity. A-B is going to get a good student on and off the field. They are getting a high character student-athlete that will work hard and be coachable.”
Wiles, who played on the junior varsity level at McDonough for his first two years of high school, played at St. Charles for his final two seasons where he played as a slot receiver, running back and defensive back.
Wiles’ senior season got off to a rough start as he tore a muscle in his groin in a 12-7 loss to Westlake in the Spartans’ season opener at home last September. He was forced to miss the next six games with the injury, but returned on Oct. 23 for the Spartans’ 12-6 road win over Northern.
Despite the injury, Wiles was thankful to be able to be playing college football, something that he’s always wanted to do since he began to play the sport as a youth.
“I didn’t want to let the injury hold me back. I just focused on keeping my grades up in school and gradually got stronger and healed up,” he said. “I was able to overcome some adversity with the help from my teammates and coaches. The support from them really motivated me.”
St. Charles High School graduate Elijah Wiles recently signed to NCAA Division II Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia to play football. Sitting, from left, are Allysha Sneed, Wiles’ older sister, Lisa Wiles, Wiles’ mother, Elijah Wiles and Edward Wiles, Wiles’ father. Standing are Wiles’ friends Kayla Thompson and Cailah Handon, Wiles’ grandfather Edward Wiles Sr., Wiles’ grandmother Agetha Wiles, Wiles’ younger sister Lydia Wiles and Wiles’ friends Aaron Graham and Dashaun Holloway.