Tight end prospect Tyrone Wheatley Jr., son of the former star Michigan running back, trimmed his list from nearly 20 offers to five options—with the Wolverines among them—per Sam Webb of The Detroit News:
Wheatley could still follow in his father's footsteps to Ann Arbor, but Alabama, USC, UCLA and Miami also remain in the mix. The 4-star prospect is rated 10th nationally at tight end in 247Sports' composite rankings.
He eliminated a large collection of programs by focusing on five teams. Penn State, Syracuse, Florida State and Wisconsin are among those that didn't make the cut.
Wheatley, a 6'6", 260-pound standout at Canisius High School in New York, is rated the state's top 2015 prospect. He has a lot to live up to on the football field, given his father's successes.
Wheatley Sr. was the Big Ten rushing champion in 1992 at Michigan, earning conference Offensive Player of the Year honors. He capped off the dominant campaign with Rose Bowl MVP honors and went on to rush for nearly 5,000 yards in the NFL with the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.
Now his son steps into the spotlight.
Michigan already holds a commitment from 4-star tight end Chris Clark, who is rated second at the position in 247Sports' composite rankings. The Wolverines would boast two impressive incoming weapons at tight end if Wheatley joins the class.
UCLA landed top-ranked tight end recruit Aliz'e Jones last November, so it's another choice that would come with serious competition within his own class. Alabama added 4-star tight end Hale Hentges last month, while Miami holds a pledge from 3-star in-state prospect Bowman Archibald at the position.
USC is still searching for a tight end in this recruiting cycle.
Wheatley caught 16 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He also lined up at defensive end, recording 41 tackles and two interceptions.
Michigan is projected to land him in 100 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.
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