A linebacker, fullback, punter, and wide receiver this past season for Blacksburg, Wheeler is currently lifting in advanced P.E., running, doing pushups, and other workouts to prepare for football at Tech. Wheeler, a 6'4, 235-pound linebacker out of Blacksburg High School, hopes to head to Tech in the Fall. What will decide whether he enrolls in the Fall of 2004 or waits until the Spring of 2005?
"I think I find out in February around signing day," he said. "It depends on whether we feel I'm ready and mature enough to go. We'll look at my senior year of football and other factors to see."
While Wheeler would definitely rather head straight to Tech, Hargrave and Fork Union both do great jobs developing players on and off of the field. Cory Holt, Brandon Flowers, Justin Harper, and D.J. Parker are all Hargrave players expected to be at Virginia Tech next season.
As for Wheeler, he continues to stay in touch with the coaches and watched the Hokies. "I sit down and check in [with the Tech coaches] every once in a while and they see what's going on with me and if I have any questions about college and that kind of thing.
As for the Hokies, Wheeler believes the Hokies' slump at the end of the year will be a lesson learned to the Hokie players and staff. "I think this will be a lesson learned for them losing five of last six or seven or whatever and this will teach them you can't sit around, you've got to go out and play hard and play every game like it's your last."
Stay tuned to VTI in the near future for video on the talented athlete out of Blacksburg High School!