Recruiting: Bowie's Wheeler Likes Cowboys

Recruiting: Bowie's Wheeler Likes Cowboys

Like every Division I school, Oklahoma State is always in pursuit of defensive linemen, particularly defensive tackles, and Arlington (Bowie), Texas prospect Diamonte Wheeler is a good choice. It couldn't hurt that he was at the Oklahoma State Junior Day on Saturday and the day after his friend and Bowie teammate, wide receiver Montra Nelson, made OSU his choice.

"That doesn't hurt, but I'm not locked into going where Montra goes," said Wheeler. "Oklahoma State is leading, but part of that is I haven't been to Kansas and Nebraska yet (other schools that have offered).

"As for Oklahoma State, I really liked it, the whole campus. It is really nice and all the new facilities are the best there is. They took us on the tour of the locker room, meeting rooms, weight room, everything. The coaches made me feel really good. I like Coach Gundy."

The 6-2, 255.25-pound Wheeler is exact as evidenced by the weight he gave us. Exacting is not a bad thing for a top high school player and Division I college prospect. Aa mentioned, Wheeler has offers from Kansas and Nebraska along with Oklahoma State. Houston has also made solid contact with him.

He wants to major in business and marketing, and you get the idea he will be very demanding in finding out what he needs to know. Last season he finished with 39 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered, and a fumble caused and he says he will demand more of himself next season to get Bowie past the area round of the playoffs.

While high school wrestling has really caught on in Texas over the past decade, you still don't hear of many football players involved in it, but it really emphasizes balance and leverage, which are major attributes for defensive tackles. Wheeler wrestled this offseason and qualified for district. He also throws the shot and discus in track.

He has a very strong lower body with a 550-pound max on the squat and a solid 280-pound max on the bench press. He also has an 18-inch vertical jump.

Wheeler is going to hear from more schools and he will hear those schools out, but it appears that Oklahoma State has solidly put themselves in the running for his services as a collegian.

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