Written by Dave Dulberg, USC blog contributor
Name - Isiah Wiley
Position - Cornerback
Class - Junior
Size - 6'1", 185 lbs.
High School - West Monroe HS (West Monroe, LA)
Comparison - Similar to All-Pro corners Asante Samuel and Rashean Mathis, Wiley is a very instinctive defensive back, who is more comfortable playing off the ball where he can read and adjust to routes.
Prep Career - He earned Louisiana All-State first-team honors after his senior season in 2008 with 45 tackles and two interceptions.
Transition to USC - After transferring from Arizona West JC last year, the move to USC began as a difficult one for Wiley. While he enrolled in classes this past spring, he was held out of spring ball due to academic restrictions. In fall camp, a steep learning curve made it hard for Wiley to crack the CB rotation, but recent injuries to Torin Harris and Anthony Brown have paved the way for the hardworking junior, who got his first start last week at Notre Dame (two tackles while shutting down WRs T.J. Jones and Theo Riddick).
Kiffin on Wiley - "He's been playing better than I thought he would, especially because it's not like he had played very much before. He's really done a good job for us and it's a good thing when his name is not being called very much."
In his own words - Wiley (pictured above by John McGillen) on starting against the Fighting Irish: "It felt great to go out there and showcase my skills, get in with the other guys and play a good game. Coming from a junior college, there were no big games like Notre Dame and now Stanford."
Here's the Trojans' newest starting CB on what it's like play for the Cardinal and Gold...