Sam Webb: I hear that you were offered by Michigan recently. Can you list for me all the schools you have scholarship offers from at this point?
Wyatt Teller: “I have eleven offers altogether. I have ten for defensive end and one for offensive line from South Carolina. The defensive end offers are Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Duke, Penn State, Maryland, and Michigan.”
Sam Webb: Things are obviously going extremely well on the recruiting front. Tell me a little bit about yourself on the football field. How did the season go for you last year?
Wyatt Teller: “I kind of played kind of like a defensive end/middle linebacker kind of like combo, but I played the majority of the games – like ten games – we played I think 13 altogether – yeah, 13 altogether, and I – for like eleven of them I played defensive end, and for two games, because our middle linebacker was out with an injury, they asked me to help out middle linebacker, but…”
Sam Webb: Wait, you went from defensive line to middle linebacker? What’s your height, your weight, and your 40 time?
Wyatt Teller: “I’m not the fastest in the world. I ran a 4.9 last year; I’m 6’5” and 260 pounds right now, and I’m trying to gain weight and maybe get faster too, so, see if it works out.”
Sam Webb: So as far as Michigan’s interest in you, when did you first start hearing from the Wolverines?
Wyatt Teller: “Well Michigan used to send me letters, like recruiting letters and stuff like that, nothing personal or anything, but just recruiting letters. When I heard from them, Coach Montgomery came in and he told my coach. We didn’t really talk -- coach told me, and I was like ‘what?!’ (Laughter)”
Sam Webb: So do you know anything about Michigan at all? Is that a school that you noticed growing up?
Wyatt Teller: “When I was a kid I always used to like their helmets. I always knew they were a really really really really really academically smart school. And they’ve always been mortal enemies of Ohio State. I always liked that.”
Sam Webb: Alright, so as far as the schools that on your list that are closer to home, did you grow up a fan of any of those schools?
Wyatt Teller: “My brother was a big fan of Virginia Tech, so of course being envious of my brother I was always watching games with him. I was always a fan of Virginia Tech. It’s kind of cool how just playing on Friday nights can get you offered and stuff like that. Then you get to meet the head coaches that you’ve been watching on TV, and you get to meet some of the players, and it’s like…‘wow’.”
Sam Webb: Have you been to Virginia Tech or any of these other schools for visits yet?
Wyatt Teller: “Yeah, I went on – I’ve gone on three visits, or technically four, but two of them were Virginia. Virginia Tech; and another one was to Penn State. Those are the only ones I’ve been on.”
Sam Webb: So do you have any plans on hitting the road anytime soon for any more visits? In particular, do you think you’re going to visit Michigan?
Wyatt Teller: “My coach and my dad have been talking about how we’re going to take a trip in the spring, and hopefully I can go up there and hit, like, Ohio State and Michigan and some of the Northern schools. Either do it with my dad or my coach. I know that we’re definitely going to hit schools up over spring break, which is in a month.”
Sam Webb: As far as your process is concerned, let’s pretend for the sake of argument that you’re getting ready to sit down and make your decision. Do you have an idea of what the most significant factors in your choice are going to be?
Wyatt Teller: “Definitely the degree, like, I’m definitely going to get a degree, I’m not going to get in the NFL, I’m not going to be the biggest man on campus, I’m not going for that. Of course I’m going for football, but I’m going to get the best degree and the best education. And of course, for football.”
Sam Webb: Is distance from home going to play a role for you at all?
Wyatt Teller: “Not really, I mean, I am a mamma’s boy, but I can go a few months without seeing mom and dad.”
Sam Webb: But can they go a few months without seeing you, that’s the question.
Wyatt Teller: “That’s the problem! (Laughter) But they’ve already said that they’ll be extremely happy with my decision no matter where it is.”
Sam Webb: What about timeline? Do you have an idea for when you might want to make a decision?
Wyatt Teller: “My coach was telling me there are advantages and disadvantages to committing early. One, you don’t know about all of the offers that might come in and you don’t get to see all the schools. You do have to drive and use your money and all of that stuff, but he said definitely go out and see them, and if you like them, then it’s up to you, but try to wait a little bit. He says that I have the longest time to make a decision; I don’t have to make a decision anytime soon. Everybody’s like ‘hey what are you doing, where you going, where you going?’ I’m just like ‘well, looking at the schools right now, so I haven’t made a decision’, and they’re like ‘ok’. It’s probably going to be a little bit of a while. Either late spring or late fall.”
Sam Webb: Do you have a leader of a group of schools that stick out for you at this point?
Wyatt Teller: “I don’t really have a favorite. I look at all the schools the same. I don’t look at one like ‘oh my gosh.’ I like to see the school because, who knows, I might actually go on campus and be like ‘oh my gosh, this is beautiful’ and then go to a big school, Alabama or something, and get on campus and be like ‘this isn’t for me’. So it’s – that’s definitely a big thing with it.”
Sam Webb: At this point, what’s your interest level in Michigan? I mean, can you sort of quantify how interested you are in the Wolverines?
Wyatt Teller: “Well I’ve always known that Michigan has been a very very very very very good school. I probably will go up there and see it and hopefully get to see all of it in its greatness, and be like ‘oh my gosh, this is the best school’, but as of now, it’s probably the same level with everybody.”
Sam Webb: So they didn’t move down your list when they beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl?
Wyatt Teller: “(Laughter) That’s funny because as soon as Coach Montgomery left, my coach walks in and tells me about it. He said that Michigan offered, and then all of a sudden he was like ‘yeah, you better not tell Virginia Tech that, they’ll get a little upset about that.’ (Laughter)”