Arizona WR Is A Hot Prospect

Now up to 13 offers, Chandler (Ariz.) wide receiver Markus Wheaton is poised to be mentioned amongst the nation's elite and the Pac-10 is all over him...

Chandler (Az.) High School wide receiver Markus Wheaton (6-1, 170) has really caught fire in recent weeks. Most of the Pac 10 is recruiting Wheaton, with UCLA, Cal and Washington being the most recent. He currently holds seven Pac 10 offers and 13 overall.

His offer sheet currently looks like this; UCLA, Cal, Washington, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Minnesota, Colorado State, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska and SMU.

He tells Scout.com, "It is a little surprising but once I got the first few offers I figured more would come."

His father told us, "Everyone that has watched his tape has offered."

Wheaton was a standout on both sides of the ball last year at Phoenix Mt. Pointe before transferring to Chandler in January. He caught 23 passes for 476 yards and 6 TDs last year for the Pride. He also pitched in 315 rushing yards and 4 scores and had 49 tackles and 1 pick on defense. He is being recruited on both sides of the ball.

"Colorado State and Utah have offered me as a corner but the rest have offered as a wide receiver." His preference? "It doesn't matter as long as I get on the field."

Wheaton is very wide open in his recruiting thus far. He says he has visited Colorado unofficially but does not have any more visits or camps set for this summer.

He lists Colorado, Oregon, Arizona State, UCLA, Cal, USC (no offer) and Nebraska amongst his favorites at this point but says he has not narrowed down his list yet and does not plan on making an early commitment.

"I am planning on taking all five visits before I decide."

But he does know what he is looking for in a school.

"Location, I want to live in a big city, academics and the coaching staff," are some of the factors that will play in his eventual decision.

So what kind of player would a school be getting in Wheaton?

"One of my strengths is my hands, I can catch well, and my speed."

Wheaton has been timed at 48.24 in the 400 meters and 10.92 in the 100. Markus was part of Chandler's 4x100 team that broke Arizona's all-time mark this season.

Markus reports a 2.8 GPA and scored an 840 on the math and verbal portions of the SAT.


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