Diamonte Wheeler: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Bowie High School head coach Kenny Perry about Diamonte Wheeler, a 6-2, 270-pound defensive lineman.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Kenny Perry: He's a big, explosive kid.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Kenny Perry: I think getting used to the size of the college football offensive linemen. He's an explosive defensive lineman but he'll have to learn what it's like going against physical offensive linemen.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Kenny Perry: Probably a year ago (as a junior) in the Mansfield game where he just ripped through two offensive linemen and got a big-time sack. That's really when he realized that he was a really good football player.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Kenny Perry: Heart of a lion.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Kenny Perry: I think that Oklahoma State gives him the opportunity to grow as a player. I can see him one day being a pro football player and I think he believes that gives him the best opportunity to make that happen.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Kenny Perry: I think he can get there and play immediately. He's 270 pounds right now, and explosive. I think he can play in a hurry.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Kenny Perry: I can see him being a great college football player, and being all-conference at some point.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Kenny Perry: Just how far he's come in the short time we've had with him. I remember talking to him early about buying into becoming a good player, and how he became a dominant player his senior year.

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