Michigan has caught fire on the recruiting trail, landing their fourth recruit on National Signing Day via the commitment of 2015 Tight End Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
Stats and Rankings:
High School: Canisius (Manlius,NY)
Position: Tight End
24/7 Rating: 4 stars, #13 TE
ESPN Rating: 3 stars, #12 TE
Rivals Rating: 4 stars, #13 TE
Scout Rating: 4 stars, #279 overall, #25 DE
Other Offers: USC, UCLA, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Oregon, Syracuse
Tyrone is your prototypical “pro-style offense” Tight End. He has the perfect blend of size and skill to make a difference on the football field starting from day one. Standing at 6’6 and weighing 260 as a high school senior, Wheatley’s size instantly creates a mismatch for any defense. Although he doesn’t have breakaway speed, Wheatley has a good burst off the line of scrimmage and is effective on shorter routes. Very strong body frame, and uses it to his advantage when setting blocks on the line of scrimmage. Does a good job of extending his arms, and keeping his feet moving while blocking. Above average field vision, and constantly seems to know when the ball is near to him. Has soft hands, and comes down with a lot of balls that most Tight Ends would have trouble catching. Due to his size, he’s able to go up and get the jump ball on smaller defensive backs/linebackers. Does an excellent job of protecting the football when he’s got possession, and rarely fumbles. Has the ability to lineup on the line of scrimmage to set blocks or lineup to the outside as a pass catcher. Won’t shy away from contact, and does a good job of lowering his head and absorbing contact. With Michigan lacking Tight End depth, I would assume that a redshirt is not necessarily in the cards, as he could see playing time in third down or goal line situations.
Wheatley Jr., has long been discussed as a potential commitment to Michigan due to his father playing for the Wolverines in the early 1990’s. When Harbaugh hired Tyrone Sr. as Running Backs coach in January, it just seemed as a matter of time until Wheatley Jr. would pledge to the Wolverines. Tyrone will more than likely be the last commitment for Michigan in the 2015 recruiting cycle, barring a last minute decision from another recruit.
Tyrone becomes the 14th commitment of Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class joining; DE Shelton Johnson, RB Karan Higdon, CB Keith Washington, OL Nolan Ulizio, DE Reuben Jones, QB Zach Gentry, QB Alex Malzone, OL Grant Newsome, WR Grant Perry, OL Jon Runyan Jr., WR Brian Cole, DB Tyree Kinnel, and K Andrew David