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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Longhorns offer 2015 DE/LB hybrid

By Damon Sayles

From the first time Anthony Wheeler (Dallas/Skyline) took to the field as a varsity player, Skyline coaches advertised him with highly regarded adjectives.

“Athletic,” one coach said.

“Physical,” another added.

“A force,” a third coach noted.

Only a sophomore, Wheeler made sure he lived up to all of those expectations this past season. On Saturday, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker hybrid was rewarded with his biggest offer yet as Texas extended a scholarship.

Wheeler wanted to attend Texas’ sophomore day last week, but he had a prior engagement. To make up for it, Texas invited him down this week to not only check out the spring game but also the Texas Relays.

He was rewarded with a visit to Mack Brown’s office.

“I was nervous to begin with,” Wheeler said. “I didn’t know they were going to offer until they said I was going to meet with Coach Brown. I kind of had an idea after that.

“I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was going to be a long process, but it was short and to the point. I was glad to get the offer.”

Recruited by defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz, Wheeler is projected to play outside linebacker in college. He played defensive end for Skyline as a sophomore and is expected to move to outside linebacker for the 2013 season.

Wheeler added that Texas gets a lot of respect because of what it’s been able to do with two Skyline alums who are current Longhorns in Mike Davis and Peter Jinkens.

“I also like the campus,” Wheeler added. “Texas is a good school, and I like what they’re doing.”

Wheeler now has offers from Texas and SMU, and interest from several other schools is slowly beginning to pick up. He is expected to participate in the Nike Football Training Camp on April 7 in Allen, Texas.

“I play physical, and I play hard through the whole game,” Wheeler said. “I don’t give up until it’s the end of the fourth quarter, and I’ll play that quarter like it’s my last.”