Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius DE/TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. stayed busy in the spring despite no formal spring practices. The 6-foot-6 and 260-Wheatley has still been getting together with his teammates while getting in some extra work with some family members.
"We didn't have spring football," Wheatley Jr. said. "The players on the team get together and work out. But I also go and workout with my little brother and my dad."
Wheatley came away from his junior season feeling pretty good about how he was playing. There were definitely a couple things on a short list that he wanted to develop and another list of things he wanted to just get better at.
"I thought that I had a good junior year, but I needed to work on my mechanics and needed to get stronger. I also just wanted to polish up on some things."
The tag "athlete" really fits Wheatley best because that is what most schools are telling him. On the field, he likely projects to either the defensive end or tight end spot. He says that he has abilities that make him special at both spots.
"I really don't have a preference and most schools are just looking at me as an athlete. As a defensive end, I am a run stopper and I have speed off of the edge. As a tight end I am big, fast and I use my frame to stay in front of cornerbacks and safeties."
Wheatley is holding close to 20 offers. He says that his decision will come down to overall comfort with the school and program. He is planning on making some trips this summer and knew of a handful of schools he wants to see right now.
"I am really looking at how comfortable I am with the program, position coach, head coach and the academics," Wheatley Jr. said. "I am planning on going to Michigan, UCLA, USC, Florida and Miami sometime soon. I don't have any other plans right now."
Nebraska offered Wheatley during the evaluation period. He said that his recruiting coach is the defensive coordinator for the Huskers and it seems that they like him best on defense. Wheatley noted that Nebraska had produced some nice professional prospects recently.
"Coach John Papuchis is pushing defense with me and Nebraska. Nebraska has had some players go to the NFL recently that were very good players. I need to research the offer more."