Thirty years ago, Jeannette went undefeated, won a WPIAL championship and had a Parade All-American at quarterback.
At 6 feet 3, 190 pounds, Dante Wiley was an exceptional athlete. He could run and had a strong arm. Besides quarterback, he was a standout on defense and also was a PIAA champion throwing the javelin. Wiley was recruited by colleges across the country and his final five schools were Pitt, Penn State, Miami, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Pitt won the recruiting battle for Wiley, but he lasted only one season. Although he boasted before his freshman year that he should be the starting quarterback, Wiley was moved to defensive back in the middle of his first season at Pitt.
Wiley left Pitt after one year and transferred to Nebraska, where current Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson was the recruiting coordinator. Nebraska coach Tom Osborne recruited Wiley in high school to be the Huskers quarterback, but Wiley eventually became a linebacker at Nebraska.