La Habra (Calif.) athlete Madison Wheeler is a 2017 sleeper

Wheeler talks about which colleges are talking to him and his approach to the game.

Madison Wheeler of La Habra (Calif.) will tell you that he is not one to joke around on the football field. The versatile 5-foot-11, 205-pound athlete prefers to be all business once he laces up the cleats.     

“When I’m on the field, my whole demeanor changes,” Wheeler said. “I don’t play any games with people. I get serious, I go hard and I compete against whoever it is and I don’t care who it is.”

The Class of 2017 prospect is utilized in a variety of ways on the field. He’s the hard-hitting, ball hawking enforcer for the Highlander defense, then he becomes the gritty, move-the-chains type running back who blows through arm tackles on blast and dive plays on offense.

At a school rich in football history – proven by seven CIF Southern Section titles won from 2002 to 2015 – Wheeler finds himself as La Habra’s next potential FBS prospect. Wheeler, who holds no reported scholarship offers, said he’s currently in talks with three college football programs.

“I’m currently talking to San Jose State, San Diego State and Arizona,” Wheeler said.

Regarding the Spartans, Wheeler said “I haven’t gotten a camp invite yet, but I have been receiving letters and I’ve been talking to some of the coaches. They tell me how they like me and stuff like that. We’ll see where this goes.”

Wheeler, who runs a 4.6 40-yard dash time, envisions himself as a defensive back at the next level. He spends his downtime fine tuning his DB skills.

“I work on footwork, speed, plays on the ball, everything,” Wheeler said.

Off the field, Wheeler holds a 3.3 grade point average. He spent his spring playing with Team Apex out of Long Beach, who appeared at the April 2016 Passing Down Best of the West Tournament for the second straight year.


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