Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius four-star defensive end Tyrone Wheatley is being recruited by USC as a tight end.
Ironically, Tyrone Wheatley Sr. played with USC tight ends coach
Marques Tuiasosopo in Oakland for the Raiders. After unofficially
visiting USC in the off season, Wheatley Jr. was back in Los Angeles to
see the Trojans football program officially.
This time, he brought his mother on the visit.
“With my dad playing for the Raiders with Coach Tui and his wife knew
my mom,” said Wheatley. “It was really nice to see them catching up
together too. Coach Tui’s wife and my mom hadn’t see in each in a while.
“With this trip, I go to see everything. From academic meeting to just
being with the guys on the team and the coaches. It was really nice. I
got to send a lot of time getting to know everyone.”
While rated as the nation’s No. 16 defensive end prospect in the 2015
class with 24 tackles for losses and 10 sacks as a senior, USC is recruiting Wheatley as a tight end.
“We talked a lot about the depth chart and how Bryce (Dixon) is going
to be the only guy they have coming back at tight end next year,” said
Wheatley. “Tyler (Petite) actually committed the first day I was down
here, so now USC is working to get one more guy.
“All three guys they have next season will have to play next year.”
While fellow official visitor Ykili Ross highlighted a very specific
moment during the visit, Wheatley remembered the visit for the overall
“I mean, the whole trip was great,” said Wheatley. “Everyone was nice -
the entire staff and all of the players. Plus I got to hand out with YK
and Roy (Hemsley) during the visit.
“Roy starts school in a couple of weeks and YK is really high on USC,
so I was with those guys a lot. My host was Zach Banner, and he showed
me around. He was a really good guy and it just made the whole trip
“Now I just have to go home and think about.”
After the recruiting dead period Wheatley still plans on taking more
official visits before focusing in on a limited number of programs.
“I have a visit set up for Alabama, and then I’ll go to UCLA or Oregon
after that” said Wheatley.
However, Wheatley has seen enough from USC to consider the Trojans an
options until signing day.
“They offer a tremendous opportunity as a player, but also
academically,” said Wheatley. “You know, a USC degree is important and
you have a great network of people to depend on after football.
“Just the people I’ll be surrounded by in Los Angeles are great. The
staff from top to bottom, whether it be academic support, professors or
coaches, are great. You have academics and great people, especially
with all of the coaches Sark has brought in with his regime.
“So we’ll see how it goes.”
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