January 3, 2012

Wheelwright grabbing offers

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With bowl season starting to come to a close, it will be soon be time for junior prospects to start seeing the offers roll in. For Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge product Rob Wheelwright that process is already starting. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound wide receiver held an early verbal offer from Wisconsin heading into his junior season but has recently grabbed three new offers from BCS programs.

"I've got (offers from) Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, and Boston College," said Wheelwright. "(Getting the new offers) was very exciting and a little unexpected. I was just excited to hear from more colleges that are willing to offer me."

With tremendous size, hands, and athleticism, Wheelwright's offer list should only continue to blow up throughout the winter and spring.

"I'm hearing a lot from Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, and Tennessee," he said.

One program that had been showing Wheelwright some interest during the fall is Ohio State. Wheelwright took in the Wisconsin game back in October and while he hasn't had a chance to speak with any of the Ohio State coaches since the staff shake-up, there is still interest in the local program.

"I haven't really talked to them too much (since the coaching change) but I think they're still interested," he explained. "I'm still looking at them, it's in my hometown and I've always liked the school so nothing has really changed (with the Urban Meyer hire). I'd like to be able to go over to the school and talk to the coaches and stuff like that."

Wheelwright's junior season was certainly a successful one individually. Wheelwright emerged as the go-to guy for Walnut Ridge and scored 12 touchdowns on the season.

"I feel like it went good," he said. "I did a lot of things out there and I think I had like 12 touchdowns. My sophomore year I was really in the shadow of Austin Traylor and most of the plays were kind of ran towards him and he was our best and biggest receiver. This year was more of me being the target so I was getting the ball more and I had to work on doing a better job of getting open."

During the winter, Wheelwright takes his athleticism to the basketball floor where he is a starter on one of Central Ohio's top basketball programs.

"It's going pretty good," he said. "We're 6-0 and we're third in the state and I've started five games. It helps just keep me in shape, keeps me running, and keeps me active."

Wheelwright is the No. 24 ranked player in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings.


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