As things continue to shrink in Michigan’s 2014 class, the 2015 class is beginning to reap the reward, receiving more and more attention from the Wolverines. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison stopped by Dallas (Tex.) Skyline high school Monday morning to see 2015 middle linebacker Anthony Wheeler. By the time Mattison left, an offer for the versatile prospect was left on the table.
“Greg Mattison came by and I have a recruiting coordinator so he met with our recruiting coordinator,” Skyline coach Reginald Samples informed GoBlueWolverine. “Greg and I are great friends so he stopped by to just say hello to me on his way out and he relayed the information that he offered our sophomore linebacker.”
Michigan is also courting fellow Skyline product, 2014 offensive lineman Ty Barrett, though an offer has yet to be extended to the 6-4, 300-pounder.
The strong relationship between coach Mattison and coach Samples goes back many years, a major coo for both of the coaching veterans.
“I’ve known coach Mattison for about 15 or 20 years now,” said Samples. “It goes back to all of the other schools he’s worked at and we’ve always had a great relationship -- I think he’s a great guy. We’ve always bonded and always had a great relationship.”
Michigan has recruited the linebacker position very well the past three classes and according to coach Samples, that wouldn’t change if the Wolverines were able to add his athletic playmaker to the mix in Ann Arbor.
Wheeler can play sideline to sideline, even putting his hand in the dirt as a defensive end during his sophomore year for Skyline.
“He’s just a great player,” said Samples. “Very fast and he’s about 6-2, 220. He’s an exceptional athlete that could probably play four or five other positions on the field. He’s just that athlete that if you’re going to get a linebacker -- I think he’s the prototype linebacker.”