During Tyrone Wheatley's six-day stay at the Semper FIdelis All-American Bowl, he pulled back from recruiting to enjoy the event.
There was a chat with an Oregon assistant, another with an Alabama assistant and a few players at the game speaking to Wheatley about his recruitment, including prospects committed to Auburn, Notre Dame and Clemson, which are a trio of schools not recruiting him.
The school prospects to recruit him the hardest at Semper Fi?
“Probably the USC guys,” he said.
However, much should change for the four-star defensive end from Canisius Buffalo in the next week. His father, Tyrone Wheatley Sr., was interviewing for a spot on Michigan’s staff Wednesday.
Wheatley already made an official visit to USC, and he has trips to Alabama (Jan. 16), UCLA (Jan. 23) and Oregon (Jan. 30) on his horizon.
“Probably signing day is when I will (announce),” he said. “Unless I really feel like it is the place for me.”
Wheatley is also interested in Michigan, but Wheatley said after the Sempr Fi game said he was unable to connect with new coach Jim Harbaugh. But if his father is hired Michigan, it could get the Wolverines heavily involved.
“I talked to (defensive coordinator) coach (Don) Pellum from Oregon,” Wheatley said about his recruiting contact during Semper Fi week. “When I first got in, I gave him a call because they were practicing (in L.A.). I talked to (tight ends) coach (Bobby) Williams before they played Ohio State, and that was about it.”
Meanwhile, Wheatley is trying to sort through his finalists, and see which school meets his criteria.
“I’m just looking for somewhere I feel comfortable,” he said. “All the schools I’m looking at are thousands of miles away from my home. I know I’m not going to get along with everyone, but I want a group of guys I get along with and like.”
Wheatley is planning to major in either business administration or communications, but it won’t be a major part of his decision.
“It’s nice that the schools I’m looking at happen to have those things, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what school you go to,” he said. “You can get a degree, you can go get a job if you take care of everything and go hit the books and get good grades. It doesn’t matter if it’s the No. 1 school, or the No. 22 school.”