Maryland hosted one of its primary defensive line targets April 4 when Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tackle Rashad Wheeler, along with his teammates, visited College Park, Md., for the first time. The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Wheeler had a chance to tour the campus, sit in on position meetings, talk to the staff and check out the scrimmage in Byrd Stadium.
“I really liked it at Maryland and just really enjoyed the visit,” said Wheeler, who holds offers from UMD, Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia, Temple, Pittsburgh, Illinois and others. “The coaches staff, I loved them, and the campus was really nice too. I definitely liked it there, and I’ll definitely be back. I don’t really have any favorites yet, but Maryland is in my top three right now, definitely.”
Wheeler said his favorite part of his initial UMD trip was walking the grounds and seeing the various buildings. He spoke highly of the weight room and locker room, mentioning how “cool” all the Under Armour gear was.
“In general I just thought the campus was really nice,” Wheeler said. “I saw the dorms where the players stay, and those were really cool. And then we ate where the football team usually eats, I liked that a lot too. So it was a really good college-town vibe there.
“And what they’re doing there with upgrades and new facilities, those are going to be awesome. I’ll be able to use those by the time I get on campus, if I go there.”
The Central Catholic product said he spent most of his time talking to his area recruiter, Greg Studrawa, as well as defensive line coach Chad Wilt. Wheeler also spoke to head coach Randy Edsall as well, the latter imparting how much the Terps need the Pittsburgh product.
“Coach Edsall was just saying to enjoy the recruiting process and to keep [Maryland] in mind. He said he’d love to have me there and how Maryland would be a great fit,” Wheeler said. “Coach Stud, he’s really cool and we talk every week now. He’s a great coach and a cool guy. And Coach Wilt, I was watching him [at the scrimmage] and he’s a really energetic guy and really gets after it. But off the field he relates and really cares about his players. I like him a lot too, and when I was sitting in on the defensive line meetings, [Wilt] seemed like a really good teacher.”
Wheeler also discussed the scrimmage, paying close attention to the defensive line. The Central Catholic prospect said he projects as an interior tackle in UMD’s 4-3, and believes he’d fit in well.
“I thought the defense did really well as unit,” Wheeler said. “They played with a lot of physicality and intensity up front. It was good to see.”
Maryland may have left an impression, but it’s not the only school Wheeler is looking at. He said Pitt and Wake Forest have his attention of his current offers, while he’s hoping Penn State and Virginia Tech pull through.
Wheeler has seen Pitt, Connecticut, PSU, Va Tech and UMD so far, and in June he’s heading to Wake Forest. He’s also trying to see West Virginia and Boston College at some point, while return trips to Blacksburg, Va., and College Park are also in the works.
“I don’t really have a timetable for making a decision; I want to take some more visits first and see what’s up after that,” Wheeler said. “Right now I’m thinking I’m going to wait until after the season so I can take my time and not rush things. I want to be sure of my decision, so I kind of want to take official visits and go through the process. But we’ll see; things could change.”
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