Walnut Ridge's Wheelwright to play for Wisconsin

Walnut Ridge junior Rob Wheelwright will follow in the footsteps of his older brother and be a Big Ten wide receiver after he verbally committed to Wisconsin on Saturday night.

A 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who has run the 40 in 4.5 seconds according to his profile page on ScoutingOhio.com, Wheelwright had 12 Division I offers. He also was offered by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Purdue from the Big Ten as well as Miami (Ohio), Boston College, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

Wheelwright's older brother, Ernie Wheelwright, formerly played for Minnesota.

He will join former Walnut Ridge tight end/defensive end Austin Traylor, a 2011 graduate, with the Badgers.

"He was at their spring game Saturday and really liked their coaches and the atmosphere there," Scots coach Byron Mattox said. "Austin's up there, so that didn't hurt."

Wheelwright finished with 44 catches for 600 yards and 12 touchdowns last season as the Scots went 5-5.

From central Ohio, he joins Pickerington North's Jake Butt (Michigan), Hartley's Jacob Matuska (Notre Dame), Marion-Franklin's Jarod Dukes (Michigan) and Pickerington Central's Taco Charlton (MIchigan) as players from the 2013 class who have verballed to BCS schools.

Pickerington North's Godwin Igwebuike, Westerville South's Marcus Ball, Hilliard Darby's Caleb Day and New Albany's Darron Lee are among those considered three-star recruits or higher by Scout.com who could join them at BCS schools over the coming months.

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By: Jarrod Ulrey

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