Wheatley, a four-star defensive end from Buffalo Canisius, also enjoyed his conversation with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
“Well when I visited last I didn't get to see much,” Wheatley said. “So it was nice to see the campus and really get a feel for the university. I got to meet with some of the professors of the business school and learn some more about the programs they offer.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Wheatley, who is also talking to schools about playing tight end, learned about Saban’s approach during the lengthy meeting.
“Coach Saban’s the best coach in college football and it was great sitting down and getting to know him better,” Wheatley said. “We talked about me as a player and my opportunity to play tight end, or defensive end, if I wanted to. He said they'd give me the opportunity to do what I wanted to do.
“And we just talked about his philosophy and how things run down there. Took away a lot from the trip it was good for me to get on campus and around a lot of the people. Something that will stay in my mind is the campus itself and the people.”
Tight end Brandon Greene served as Wheatley’s host, but he was able to hang around with a lot of the players.
“(Green) was really cool. We talked about a lot and he's a really good guy,” Wheatley said. “The players were good guys. They all are there for a reason and you could see that. I spent a lot of time with Brandon Greene, Jonathan Allen and I got to hang out with Reggie Ragland and Denzel Devall.”
Once Wheatley returned home, there was one thing that came to his mind more than anything about his trip.
“What stood out the most was the culture (and) southern hospitality,” he said. “Tuscaloosa is a college town but it's a southern college town, and all of the people I met were great.”
Wheatley already made an official visit to USC and has ones set to UCLA (Jan. 23) and Oregon (Jan. 30). He could also add one to Michigan, where his dad, Tyrone Wheatley Sr., played and was just added to the staff.