Dominique Wheeler came onto the national recruiting radar with a dominant junior year, showing off his versatility on both sides of the ball during Crockett High’s run to the State Playoffs.
In a 42-41 loss to eventual Class 3A Division II runner-up Coldspring-Oakhurst, Wheeler ran wild for 238 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. In a win over Madisonville, he ran for 200 yards on 11 carries with three scores.
At wide receiver, the position that college coaches are recruiting Wheeler at, the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder’s big moment came when he grabbed six catches for 153 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Malakoff.
“I started hearing from a lot of schools after they saw how I finished up the season,” he said. “I’ve been to some Junior Days and I am starting to get a feel for how things will work out.”
With offers from all the top schools in Texas, Wheeler took in visits to Austin, College Station and Fort Worth over the past few weeks. Yet the Longhorns, who grabbed receivers Thomas Johnson and Orlando Thomas, appear set on letting Wheeler go elsewhere.
“I grew up a Texas fan, but I don’t think I will end up playing there for college,” said Wheeler. “I am looking at some other places a little closer now. I really like TCU. Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma are some other schools that I like. I’m in no rush, so I’m letting the schools see me and then go from there.”
While the LSU staff hasn’t reached out to Wheeler yet, a camp visit could have the rising senior in the mix for an offer this summer.
“I want to come camp at LSU because that’s the easiest way to get your talents seen,” he said. “I have been hoping to see them get a little more involved. If they do, I’ll listen. I’m pretty interested.
“I know they have a good football program and won a National Championship recently, and it’s close to here. I just didn’t watch a ton of them on television or anything, so I’m learning more as I do research on these schools.”