Recruiting: Wheeler Wants To Make Visits

Defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler of Arlington (Bowie), Texas, is a very popular guy. The 6-2, 255-pound Wheeler has a long list of suitors that most recently has added Baylor, Minnesota, and Iowa State to his list. We've been getting a steady stream of text messages from Wheeler whenever anybody new is added to the list.

Wheeler told us Friday night that he has an interesting strategy for making his decision in recruiting. Most players speed it up and try to make a decision before the start of their senior season. They use unofficial visits to check out the schools and then make a commitment before they can even take an official visit.

Most other prospects drag it out and take most or all of the five allotted visits and then commit sometime in December, January, or right before signing day in February. Wheeler wants to get in his official visits, and then make an early commitment.

"I want to take my official visits in September, visit five schools and then make a commitment early in the season," said Wheeler right after getting off of his job selling Coke products at the world famous Six Flags Over Texas.

"I know I want to visit Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State. I'll take those five visits on game weekends and then make a commitment."

The visits will take him into October, but if he goes with all of them in a row, starting with the first weekend on Sept. 5, he can hit close to his desired timetable.

He has been to Oklahoma State on an unofficial visit for the spring football game and he said he is going to Nebraska for an unofficial on July 31 with his Bowie teammate, defensive end Donovan Vestal.

Wheeler said he did not make it to College Station, Texas, last week to watch his skill teammates in action in the Texas 7-on-7 Championship, but said he had heard that his friend and Oklahoma State commitment Montra Nelson had a great tournament at wide receiver for Bowie.

"We're up at Bowie every morning at 6:30 running, lifting, getting ready for football," said Wheeler.

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