Wheatley Has Plan for Visits

Dec. 19 -- The nation's #16-ranked defensive end prospect, Tyrone Wheatley, has taken one official and has four remaining, and UCLA gets one of them...

The finish line is in sight for Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

The four-star defensive end has his official visit slate set and is entering the home stretch of his recruitment intent on giving each of his finalists a legitimate chance to earn his pledge.

He just took the trip to USC this past weekend, and Wheatley's father, Tyrone Sr. said: "He enjoyed it. As an east coast kid, he enjoyed it."

When it comes to his complete list, Wheatley Sr. said it's pretty tight. "Right now (his list) is just USC, UCLA, Oregon, and Alabama. All the visits are set up. Alabama is the first one coming back off the dead period (Jan. 16). Then it's UCLA (Jan. 23), and then Oregon (Jan. 30). Then there might be a possible Auburn visit."

A glaring omission from that group of finalists is Michigan. Wheatley Jr. is a lifelong Wolverine fan and his father is one of the greatest players to ever wear the uniform. But the subpar season and impending coaching change in Ann Arbor have rendered those connections moot. The question at this point is: is it even possible for Michigan to earn a spot on the talented youngster'ss visit list after a coach is named?

"You know, we have not spoken on that," the elder Wheatley stated. "You would've thought that we would, but at this point you have to deal with the here and now. You have to deal with who's calling and who's talking now. He is my son and that's my alma mater, but blood is thicker than water. I have to take care of him and give him the best possibilities and options available."

The possibility of a big name coach like Jim Harbaugh or Les Miles taking the helm has been enough to keep the interest of a number of recruits piqued, but that's not true of Wheatley Jr.

"The name doesn't matter to him," the father said. "I think the process of what went on at Michigan… I think that kind of raised an eyebrow for him. It's just how things were handled and I think the timing of it all. But the name of the coach… I don't think that's the determining factor."

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