Pennsylvania is prime recruiting territory on an annual basis for the Michigan football program, and this year will be no different. One of the more recent prospects the Wolverines reached out to was 2016 Pittsburgh Central Catholic defensive lineman Rashad Wheeler. The courtship is very much in the beginning stages currently, but the 6-3, 270-pounder is already very familiar with the Maize & Blue thanks to his interaction with the previous Michigan staff.
“I was in contact with Coach Hoke before he left,” Wheeler said. “So I know they are a really great football program and I know they are on the want rise with the new coaching staff and everything. I definitely like the atmosphere at Michigan, just playing at Michigan. Many people have told me about how crazy the games get there.”
Michigan isn’t the only B1G program showing interest. Penn State, Wheeler’s childhood favorite, will host him on a visit this weekend. He has also taken visits to Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Boston College. An offer list that currently stands at six appears destined to add more members in the very near future.
“Most schools say they will probably start me out at D-end and occasionally move me,” Wheeler said. “I’ll probably end up playing inside at some point. If I had a choice, I would choose the end.”
“The one that I think would stick out the most would probably be Pitt right now.”
That is certainly subject to change based on the amount of interest shown by other suitors and subsequent visits to their respective campuses.
“I’m going to visit Wake Forrest sometime in the spring, Penn State (next weekend), I’m going back to Virginia Tech, Boston College… and that is just a few of them,” he said. “I will probably make a decision once I get Penn State, Michigan State, and Michigan. Then I’ll start to narrow them down. Then I’ll probably make my decision, I don’t know when. I may make it just after the football season.”
“Education will be one (of the biggest factors). How I like the school is definitely one of the conditions. It has to feel like home to me. Definitely how far it is from my actual home. It has to be driving distance… like eight hours probably… somewhere around there.”