Recruiting: Wheeler Still Listing Pokes No. 1

Defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler of Arlington (Bowie), Texas, did make a trip to Nebraska this past weekend for the Huskers final junior day of the summer. The 6-2, 260-pound Wheeler traveled to Lincoln with Bowie teammate and defensive end Donovan Vestal. The two have also been to Oklahoma State on a couple of occasions.

Wheeler is one of Oklahoma State's top targets at defensive tackle and the Cowboys are not alone in their admiration of how the athletic Wheeler moves around and makes plays. Last season he made 37 tackles and 7 tackles for losses, both big numbers for a defensive tackle. He is listed as one of the top defensive tackles in the state in Texas Football Magazine.

Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Minnesota, Kansas, Kansas State, and Nebraska, in addition to the Cowboys, have all offered Wheeler. In fact, Wheeler listed OSU, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State as his top five.

As for the recent trip to Nebraska Wheeler said it was a good trip. "Me and Donovan went up there," said Wheeler. "We hung out with Coach J.P. (John Papuchis, defensive ends coach) and Coach (Tim) Beck. You know it was better than I expected it would be. The facilities are really nice and they were showing us a lot of love. We saw the facilities, the indoor, and the weight room."

Wheeler said he saw and met Chase Rome, the Cowboys' defensive end commitment from Columbia, Mo., who also was at the Nebraska junior day. "It was my first time to meet him," added Wheeler of seeing Rome.

In the end, Wheeler, obviously, liked Nebraska, but it did not change his order of favorites.

"Oklahoma State is it still," said Wheeler of who was his top school. "Nebraska is right there with them, but OSU is on top."

As for Wheeler, he said he is done checking out schools for awhile because practice starts next week for himself and his Bowie teammates. They will open the season at home, Maverick Stadium in Arlington, against Dallas Lincoln.

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