USC Football Recruiting 2012: OT-DE Chad Wheeler Commits to Trojans, Drops ASU

Bill NCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2011

OT Chad Wheeler of Santa Monica High (Photo
OT Chad Wheeler of Santa Monica High (Photo

Chad Wheeler from Santa Monica High switched his commitment from Arizona State to USC today after receiving an offer in the last few days according to

Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, the 6’6", 260-pound Wheeler plays both OT and DE, but the Trojans need him more as an OT. He will get to campus in January 2012.

This makes Wheeler especially attractive because the Trojans have early enrollee slots that won’t affect their NCAA mandated 15 scholarship limitation in 2012, and there is a need for OT especially if left tackle Matt Kalil leaves early for the NFL.

Wheeler also had offers from Cal, Arizona, Washington State, Iowa State and Harvard. Other Pac-12 schools were also interested. Cal is still pushing to get an official visit from him but he is undecided about making the trip.

USC began to be seriously interested in Wheeler at the Rising Stars Camp. He has only played one year of organized football so there is a lot of upside potential.

He told, “That’s a real honor. There is a great tradition at that school and it’s amazing to be part of that family.”

Wheeler became the Trojans 11th commitment for 2012.

Here is a nice USC 2012 recruiting update from the OC Register.