For much of the high school year recruiting has been a background issue for Tyrone Wheatley Jr. Despite being one of the most highly coveted tight ends in his class his focus has been more on his high school teams (football and basketball), his athletic improvement, and especially his academic growth.
“I’m not really looking at (recruiting) right now,” Wheatley id matter-of-factly. “There is still a lot of time. I’m not sure (when he’ll begin contemplating a decision). It is just going to happen. I’ll know. I’ve been concentrating on school.”
“(On the field) I got a lot faster, a lot stronger, a lot more confident in everything I’m doing… like making a move of getting off. Just beating people one on one.”
All that said, Wheatley has managed to carve out a little time for his recruitment along the way. He has used it to stay connected with a number of coaches and to make a few visits.
“I talk to (coaches) every once in a while,” he said. “I haven’t talked to a lot of people lately, but I try to talk to everyone at least once a week.”
Of those visits, the stops at Pitt and Michigan were game for games. That distinction obviously ramped up the excitement factor.
“(Michigan) was nice,” he said looking back on his visit for the Notre Dame game. “I had a good time. I’ve been to Michigan plenty of times, so it wasn’t really anything new. It was nice to be at the second night game. That was exciting and they won. The Pitt game was exciting too. I’d never really been to Pitt and my running back is committed there. So it was good to get down there and see what they’re about. They play at Steeler Stadium and all that good stuff.”
As memorable as those experiences were Wheatley isn’t ready to anoint either of them (or any other school for that matter) his favorite. With a “wide open” outlook on his recruitment, he is still searching for the “feeling” about a program that will separate it from all the rest. That means campus visits are at even more of a premium for each of his suitors.
His impromptu visit to Ann Arbor today for Michigan’s annual spring game could be a huge feather in the Wolverines’ cap. If Hoke & company wind up winning the Jake Fruhmorgen sweepstakes, that too could give the Maize & Blue a slight boost as well. The two became friends on the visit trail and through their fathers’ casual acquaintance.
“He of the best offensive lineman in our class right now,” said Wheatley. “I play tight end as well and I haven’t decided which side of the ball I play, so there is a possibility that we end up playing next to each other for years to come.”
“But (Fruhmorgen has to choose) the best school for him. I’m going to pick the best school for me.”
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Wheatley in the coming days.