If you have followed recruiting and/or Ohio's Future Stars magazine over the past year or so, you might have known Ernie Wheelwright as the #2 player in the junior class in the state of Ohio. That is, until about two months ago, when we learned Ernie was not a junior... he was a senior.
We're still a bit mystified at how this fact was hidden for so long, but it's in the past... Ernie is now a senior and is one of Ohio's top wide receiver prospects this year. At 6-5, 198, he has great size and potential. We caught up with him recently to find out the latest.
"Most everybody is still in touch but the ones paying the most attention are Minnesota, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State," Ernie said. "I have not taken any visits, but I have been to a number of games at Ohio State."
Ernie resides in Columbus and attends Walnut Ridge High School. How important is staying close to home?
"Staying close to home is somewhat important," he said. "Florida is sending me letters, but I don't think I want to get that far away from home. A couple of states away is not big deal."
We've discussed in the past the possibility of Ernie playing somewhere other than WR, but right now, the colleges seem to be sticking to one position. "Nobody is talking to me about playing anywhere but wide receiver," he said.
One of the issues with Ernie is academics. He has some work to do before he can be ready to play college ball, but he's definitely making progress.
"I got a B in summer school," he said. "I have a re-take of the test in October. I have been taking a course at the Sylvan Learning Academy to help me with the ACT."
Ernie's got some great bloodlines as he had a relative that played in the NFL. "My grandfather played for the Giants and Saints," he said. My father saw his grandfather play while he was at Columbus Central, so the Columbus roots run deep as well.
Ernie Wheelwright is going to be one of the top players to watch in the Columbus-area this fall. If he keeps working hard on academics, he will be definitely signing with a major college on signing day.