"I like the coaching staff a lot," Wheat says. "I like how personable they are, and I like their overall philosophy."
The senior defensive lineman out of Flint Carman-Ainsworth implied that the success of Spartans' basketball team in 2000 has had a positive effect on Flint-area athletes looking at MSU.
The 2000 national championship team had celebrated members of their team hailing from Flint, led by the ringleader, Mateen Cleaves.
So why hasn't the big defensive tackle/end prospect pulled the trigger and accepted State's offer?
In a previous interview with GoBlueWolverine.com, Wheat told publisher Sam Webb that after camping at Michigan, he thought he would get an offer, but the Wolverines told him they were weighing their options and wanted to see him play on the offensive side of the ball before deciding whether to tender an offer.
When GSN followed up on that situation asking whether Michigan, had finally made him the offer, Wheat said, "Nope, not yet."
He stated that he has not spoken to anyone from Ann Arbor recently, and other than getting the occasional response from his mailbox, has had little contact with the Wolverines' coaching staff over the last month.
Wheat also previously told GBW that switching to the other side of the ball was a major concern. He also stated he wanted to make a decision prior to the start of his senior season at Carman-Ainsworth, about a month away.
The senior standout has been working out all summer and believes that he'll get bigger once he puts on a collegiate uniform. "I see myself adding 25 pounds of muscle once I get to college," Wheat said.
Wheat (6-5, 300) appreciates the fact that Big Ten schools are showing an interest in his abilities on the football field. But his humble spirit is to be admired, letting people know he won't let pride get in the way of his blue-chip status. He sees himself as a regular guy who is not above the fray.
"I work hard at what I do, but I don't think I'm any better than anyone else," Wheat said. He is also grateful for the chance he's been given to move on to the next level. "I realize I have an opportunity that most people don't have."
The opportunity he's referring to could have John L. Smith zeroing in on him as a top defensive line prospect.