- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Schools are starting to catch on to junior receiver Robert Wheelwright (Columbus, Ohio/Walnut Ridge) as he picked up two new offers in the last several days.
On Wednesday, Boston College became the latest to offer the 6-foot-3, 180-pound wideout.
When asked how much contact he has had with the Eagles’ staff, Wheelright said, “Really not too much. I received some letters but it was kind of random.”
Illinois offered Wheelwright on Tuesday. New Illini coach Tim Beckman is familiar with Wheelwright from his days as coach at Toledo.
“They came to the high school before, and then they called my coach and said they wanted to offer,” Wheelwright said.
Nebraska and Wisconsin are Wheelwright’s remaining two offers, and he says he talks with Wisconsin the most out among the four programs that offered.
“Wisconsin was here [at the high school] a week or so ago,” he said. “We talk on a regular basis through Facebook. One of the coaches came to one of our last games. He liked how I use my size and stuff like that.”
The Huskers staff was under the impression Wheelwright was a Class of 2012 prospect when it heard of him for the first time.
“They came to my school and first they were thinking I was a senior so they were trying to speed up the process,” Wheelwright said. “They said they heard great things about me from different coaches and that I’m a pretty good player.”
Wheelwright said coaches from Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Purdue also stopped by his high school during the contact period and figures one of those teams might be his next offer.
As a junior, Wheelwright estimates he finished the season with 1,000 all-purpose yards and 40 receptions.
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