SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Not nearly as physically imposing as his older brother Tyrone Wheatley Jr., 2016 athlete Terius Wheatley, the youngest son of former Michigan running back Tyrone, made his way to Sound Mind Sound Body held at Southfield (Mich.) high this past weekend and had a good showing at wide receiver, a position he’s still getting adjusted to.
“It was pretty good,” Wheatley told GoBlueWolverine. “I like the intensity from all the guys. It was my first year here, playing in this camp, and it was fun.
“I think I did ok. I’m not originally a wide receiver, I’m a running back but I just wanted to get out here and show them my hands because I’m long, not built as a running back. Some of these defensive backs were good. I got pushed around a little bit.”
Standing 5-foot-10, 160-pounds, Wheatley appears to have the body type to grow into a long, rangy cornerback or a lightning quick, smooth wide receiver. But if Wheatley ends up having it his way, he’ll be neither at the next level.
“I want to play running back,” said Wheatley laughing. “But everyone tells me I would be a good defensive back.
“My dad wants me at corner. He just thinks that I’m a better DB. Personally, I don’t know. I’m an athlete and I’m good on both sides -- that’s what I think right now. Going into varsity, we’ll see, because I didn’t have much competition playing freshman.”
Wheatley started on both sides of the ball for the freshman team last season at Fayetteville (N.Y.) Manlius, and will now, along with his brother, suit up at Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius after transferring over this summer due to his father’s new job with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
For a player on the skinnier side heading into his sophomore year, Wheatley can’t wait to strap on the chinstrap and be done with the unpadded camps.
“I think I’m way better in pads,” said Wheatley. “Personally, I think I’m faster in pads. I don’t know. I’m more intense in pads and more aggressive in pads. I just love it. I love hitting and I love offense. I love it when I get the ball.”
Having a father that was one of the greatest players ever to wear the Maize & Blue, Wheatley grew up extremely familiar with the Wolverines.
“I like Michigan a lot,” said Wheatley. “They’re not recruiting me as of now but when I get there, I’m hoping I get recruited by them and they would be an option in my category.”
Wheatley did get a chance to meet and talk with Michigan coach Brady Hoke at Sound Mind Sound Body, saying he’s a “really nice dude” and “wouldn’t mind going to Michigan if he was coaching there.”
“As long as I don’t go to Ohio State, he’s good,” Wheatley said laughing. “No Ohio State and that’s what he told me.”