Coach Cav makes impression on sought 'Zona WR

"I love Colorado," Markus Wheaton said. The Buffs were the first school to offer Wheaton in March and are still recruiting him the hardest. But the Beavs have also offered and from what Wheaton says, Mike Cavanaugh has made a strong impression indeed.

One program that Markus Wheaton has yet to visit but hopes to learn more about is Oregon State.

"I really like coach (offensive line coach) Mike Cavanaugh," he said. "He's a cool guy and I have a good relationship with him. He's trying to get me to go there over Oregon. He says that since my cousin went to Oregon I should go to Oregon State instead."

Wheaton, ranked as the No. 63 wide receiver in the country by, says he can bench 290-pounds and squat 385. He also claims an amazing 39-inch vertical jump and runs the forty in 4.45.

"I'm trying to get a little bigger and get off the line better," he stated. "I need to be more physical when fighting for the ball."

From among 13 scholarship offers, Wheaton now favors Colorado solidly over Arizona State, Oregon, California and UCLA. All of his favorites have offered as well as Oregon State, Colorado State, Arizona, Utah, Minnesota and a few others.

"I love Colorado," Wheaton said. "The school is great and the campus was real nice. It was very peaceful and it's a beautiful place.

"I really liked the facilities a lot," he said. "Plus, they really like me and I think their offense is great. They run the spread and I think I'd fit in real well there. They are a young team that is getting better and better."

The Buffs were the first school to offer Wheaton in March and are still recruiting him the hardest. He already set up an official visit to Boulder on September 6 for the Eastern Washington game.

Although Colorado is Wheaton's leader, he admits that most of his friends and family would like to see him stay in-state and go to local favorite Arizona State. "It's only like 15 minutes away," Wheaton said of the Sun Devils. "I know a lot of people on the team already and most of the people around here really want me to go there.

"They have great coaches and the team is still on the rise," he said. "They had a great season last year and should be even better this year."

While he lives only 15 minutes from the Sun Devils, Wheaton says that as a kid he always followed Oregon. "My cousin (Kenny Wheaton) played cornerback there (in the mid-90's)," he said. "I would always watch him play and just loved Oregon.

"I love their uniforms," he said. "They are a great team and I've been up there a few times already. I really like the campus, but not the area. It's just such a small town. I prefer a bigger city."

Wheaton's enjoyment of the city life is one of the main reasons why he lists both Cal and UCLA amongst his favorites.

"I've been watching UCLA and Cal a lot on TV recently," he said. "I just want to learn more about them because they seem like good programs. I think I'd really like San Francisco and I got to talk with Rick Neuheisel for like 10 minutes over the phone and he just seemed very excited and enthusiastic."

Wheaton is also being recruited in track. He runs the 400m (48.24), 200m (21.9) and 100m (10.9). "I may try and run track during my first year," he explained.

He denies any time frame for making a decision. "I want to go where I can get an education and I'd really prefer to live in a big city," he said.

Wheaton, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound three-star wide receiver from Chandler, Ariz., finished his junior season with 470 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He rushed for an additional 300 yards and another six scores.

"I'm quick and have great speed," Wheaton said. "I also have pretty good hands and just get out there and do whatever I need to do.

"I also want to play in a spread offense and for a team that is known for passing the ball."

He reports a 2.7 core GPA and took the SAT in June.

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