January 17, 2011

Wheelwright one to watch for 2013



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While most of the recruiting attention at this point is focused on the 2011 and 2012 classes, there are plenty of sophomores bursting onto the recruiting scene this winter. In the Columbus area, Walnut Ridge wide receiver Rob Wheelwright is right at the top of that list. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect made numerous big plays this year for the Scots en route to earning second team all-city honors. If the name sounds familiar that is because older brother, Ernie, was a standout at Walnut Ridge back in the 2003 class before going on to a strong career at Minnesota.



"I just wanted to work hard and went out there and tried to do my best," said Wheelwright. "I just wanted to practice hard and play hard."



According to Wheelwright, part of the credit for his early success can be attributed to his older brother, who is always offering advice and guidance.



"I talk to him every day," he explained. "He tells me to get good grades and hit the weights and work hard in practice. He says if I (practice hard) that I'll do good in games."



Wheelwright's impressive sophomore season has already drawn interest from numerous schools around the nation. According to Walnut Ridge head coach, Byron Mattox, coaches from Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Michigan State, and North Carolina State have all come through and asked about the talented sophomore.



Wheelwright is hoping to eventually hear from his childhood favorite.



"I've always wanted to be an Ohio State Buckeye," he said. "I just like the fan support, how every game has all of those fans there. I like how the coaches are and how the receivers look and I just like everything about Ohio State."



Wheelwright has yet to take any unofficial visits to campus but he does hope to make it to camp in June.



In the meantime, Wheelwright continues to focus on his basketball team. Walnut Ridge is currently right in the thick of things in the City League south division.



"It's going pretty good, we're 8-2 right now," he explained. "We're winning the City League south so we're doing pretty good."



Not only is Wheelwright making an impact in two sports as a sophomore but he also carries a 3.2 grade-point average in the classroom.



"I have to take care of things in the classroom, that's a must," Wheelwright said. "If football doesn't work out I have to get into college some way so I have to keep my grades up."







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