February 27, 2012
Walnut Ridge's Wheelwright moving closer to pick; Matuska adds 3 offers
Walnut Ridge junior Rob Wheelwright got a chance to take his mind off his pending recruiting decision Friday night with his action on the basketball court at Reynoldsburg.
He's more or less a role player for the Scots' this winter, but there's not much more enjoyable than when your team wins a game 90-41 like his team did over Whetstone in an early-round district tournament game.
Wheelwright, a 6-3, 185-pounder who has run the 40 in 4.5 according to his profile page on ScoutingOhio.com, has continued to garner interest throughout Big Ten country and beyond.
Last Thursday, he picked up an offer from West Virginia to add to a list that also includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan from the Big Ten as well as Boston College, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.
Wheelwright, who is the younger brother of former Walnut Ridge and Minnesota wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright, had 44 catches for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns last fall.
Although he doesn't seem to be close to making his choice yet, Wisconsin is certainly one of the schools he's thinking hard about.
Wheelwright went to Ohio State's Junior Day a couple weeks ago and got a chance to meet Urban Meyer, who told him that the Buckeyes "need a big play-maker from this class."
He obviously qualifies for that, although OSU hasn't given him an offer yet.
Wisconsin has another potential advantage on some of the other candidates: Former Walnut Ridge star Austin Traylor already is a Badger after signing last year.
"I got another offer (Feb. 23), from West Virginia and I went to Ohio State's Junior Day, but that's about it," Wheelwright said of his recent activity. "It's still early. I'm going to go to more junior days and another visit or so. I really like Wisconsin because it seems like a good program."
*Hartley tight end Jacob Matuska picked up three more offers over the weekend.
After grabbing an offer in the middle of last week from Notre Dame, Northwestern came in with an offer Friday and Indiana and South Florida added offers yesterday, according to ScoutingOhio.com.
Notre Dame seems like a logical choice for Matuska considering his current schooling, and Hawks boys basketball coach Randy Kortokrax confirmed to me last week that his 6-6 multi-sport star does rank the Fighting Irish high on his list.
I hope to have more updates on Matuska later this week.
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