In college football recruiting, there’s no such thing as a lock. When it comes down to it, no matter how many things seems to be pointing in one direction, these are 17 and 18-year-old kids, and sometimes they make unpredictable decisions, it comes with the territory. However, when a recruit has multiple ties to a program like Bryce Wheaton does with West Virginia, it’s hard to imagine that program missing on him. The good news for Dana Holgorsen is that they no longer have to worry about missing on the North Carolina product, as he committed earlier today.
— Bryce Wheaton (@Brycewheat3) June 28, 2017
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Wheaton is the eighth commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 class, a class that started slow, but has been heating up as of late, landing three recruits in late June. They’ll need to carry that momentum into July, and through the season to finish out of the Big 12’s basement. Wheaton is the first true receiver in the class, as Leddie Brown has the ability to play receiver, but will likely end up at halfback.
Wheaton picked WVU over 12 other offers, most notably from Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse and Washington State. Wheaton was long thought of as a heavy West Virginia lean, because of his family ties to the program. His grandfather, Garrett Ford, Sr, played for the Mountaineers, and served as an Associate Athletic Director. His uncle, Garrett Ford, Jr, also played for West Virginia from 1989-1992, as a running back. Both his parents graduated from West Virginia as well, so for him to pick the Mountaineers is no real surprise, but still a big get.
Wheaton is a very talented player. He has a long, almost lanky frame and a lot of speed to go with it. His height gives him a great catch radius, and his long strides make him nearly impossible to stop on deep routes. He carries the ball quite a bit for his high school team, and will be able to make plays in open space. His route running and overall footwork isn’t great, and he’ll need to learn to create separation on routes that aren’t streaks at the next level, but the talent and athleticism is there for him to be the next great Wheaton at West Virginia. His ceiling comparison is Tyrell Williams.