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2020 in-state linebacker Cornell Wheeler discusses Michigan offer, interest in program

Wheeler is one of the several in-state players that was offered by Michigan this past week.

Courtesy - Cornell Wheeler
Courtesy - Cornell Wheeler

Jim Harbaugh and company extended scholarships to multiple in-state recruits on Friday, and one of them was 2020 linebacker Cornell Wheeler.

“I was in school and my head coach Ron Bellamy told (me) that Michigan had given me a full-ride scholarship,” Wheeler said. “Once I heard that, I couldn’t believe it! I’m really excited and thankful for it but I gotta keep working.”

Wheeler goes to West Bloomfield High School in Michigan and is listed at 6-foot and 205 pounds. Michigan and Syracuse are his only two offers right now, but he does expect to receive offers soon from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Minnesota, Kentucky, Iowa State, Boston College and Toledo.

Wheeler is teammates with 2019 wide receiver Tre Mosley, 2019 linebacker Lance Dixon and 2020 safety Makari Paige, who all have offers to play at Michigan. Mosley told Maize n Brew that all four of them expect to visit Michigan together with their head coach. Wheeler confirmed those plans to us, as well.

“Yes,” he said in response to if those plans are happening. “Real soon.”

Wheeler admitted he has a lot of interest with the Wolverines right now, as they “always show love” and make him feel comfortable.

“Michigan is definitely on the radar,” he said.

Wheeler wants to improve upon several things in his game to make him a better football player.

“I’ll say I play physical and have good IQ but I do need to improve my speed, quickness and also get stronger,” he said.

Being from Michigan, it is only natural that you are either a U-M or MSU supporter. In Wheeler’s case, he has been a fan of both so neither of the two schools really have the upper hand.

“To be honest, I grew up liking both,” he said. “My dad always liked MSU and my mom always liked Michigan.”

But whether it is Michigan, Michigan State or a completely different school, what Wheeler is ultimately looking for in his future college seems pretty obtainable.

“Just a place I can call home and make sure I have the right people on my side on and off the field,” he said.