Recruiting: Top Texas DT Picks OSU

One of the top defensive tackle prospects in Texas, Arlington Bowie High School standout Diamonte Wheeler has had Oklahoma State at the top of his recruiting list for a long time, dating all the way back into the spring and his trip to Stillwater. But the process had to go on and Wheeler had to check out his options.

Now after a summer that included several unofficial recruiting trips including a recent excursion to Nebraska, Wheeler was ready to commit.

"I committed to Oklahoma State," said Wheeler after walking out of a Bowie volleyball match so he could be heard. "I'm sorry about that I was watching our girls volleyball team, so I just came outside the gym.

" I wanted to do it (commit) now to take the pressure off, and I wanted to do it for my mom (Shalonda) so she would know where I am going."

He had plenty of offers and the list proceeded to get longer all summer long with the additions of Minnesota, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Houston. In the end it was a final five from north of the Red River consisting of Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State.

Wheeler admits that Oklahoma State was on top but it was a process. "Yes, OSU was the leader but I wanted to see the other schools and take my time," said Wheeler.

What made Oklahoma State the choice, more and more it is facilities but that wasn't at the top of it for Wheeler.

"Coach (Doug) Meacham is a great guy and he did a good job of communicating and recruiting me," said Wheeler, who really seemed to hit it off with Meacham as the Cowboy coach also recruited his friend and teammate at Bowie, wide receiver Montra Nelson to commit early to Oklahoma State.

"It's a nice place and they really showed me a lot of love. They let me know they needed me. They really need defensive tackles for the future," Wheeler added.

Wheeler, who was named second team All-Super Defense in Texas Football Magazine, had 37 tackles and seven tackles for losses last season, very good numbers for an inside defensive lineman.

He is 6-3, 255 pounds, maybe closer to 260 he says after a summer in the weight room, and working at Six Flags Over Texas. His team just finished two-a-days on Monday.

"This was it, our last day of two-a-days," said Wheeler. "We go to regular afternoon practices tomorrow. We have been looking good and we have a scrimmage on Friday."

Texas Football's coaches poll had Bowie picked second in District 5A-4.

Wheeler becomes the 17th verbal commitment to Oklahoma State and the 10th on the defensive side of the ball.

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