Recruiting: Wheeler, Nelson Ready For Abilene

There is a lot of excitement around Arlington Bowie High School this week as the Volunteers have advanced again in the Class 5A Division II playoffs, and they did it despite the fact that hardly anybody outside their locker room thought they could do it. Of course, there are two future Cowboys at Bowie in defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler and wide receiver Montra Nelson.

The Volunteers defeated Carroll 45-21 in a Class 5A Division II Region I semifinal game last week at SMU's Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Bowie (11-2) advances to play Abilene (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium.

"Here we are in the fourth round and playing Abilene and we get to play them in our home stadium," said the 6-3, 221-pound Nelson. "It's amazing because nobody picks us to win and everybody thinks it will be over after the first quarter and then we go out there and win."

"It is pretty good and the last time we were in the playoff this far was in my sophomore year, but this is even better," said Wheeler, who is 6-3 1/2 and 255 pounds. "Nobody really thinks we can win and then we go and blow out a team like Carroll."

Both Nelson and Wheeler are having good seasons and both say they are committed to Oklahoma State and they are solid. Nelson didn't get many catches in the win over Southlake Carroll, but said his coaches told him he had a really good game blocking. The week before in the playoff win over El paso Montwood, Nelson was the leading receiver and that included a 23-yard touchdown on a fade route.

Speaking of routes, I asked Nelson what route is his favorite? "It's a route we call choice. I read the corner and if he is back then I go out hard like I'm going deep and run a 10-yard out," described Nelson. "If he comes up and plays tight then I go by him and run deep."

Wheeler said he is happy with his season. "It has been a good season," he said. "I have played well but it has all come together when we really started playing like a team on defense.

"Abilene is good on offense. Their offensive line is good. It's not the best I've seen this season but they are good and they really like to angle block, so that is what we are working on and getting ready for, angle blocking."

Wheeler also let us know that on Monday night he got a visit from OSU tight ends coach and his recruiting coach Doug Meacham. We kind of expected that Arlington would be one of Meacham's early stops this week especially with all the playoff excitement going on at Bowie.

Interestingly, if Bowie advances it will play the winner of the game between Tyler John Tyler (12-1) and Klein to be played at Waco ISD Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. Oklahoma State offensive guard commitment Gerron Anthony is on that John Tyler Lions squad.

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