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2020 in-state linebacker Cornell Wheeler has Michigan in top 5 after BBQ at the Big House

The talented linebacker from West Bloomfield puts U-M in his top list of schools after the BBQ at the Big House Saturday.

(Courtesy — Cornell Wheeler, #44 in photo)
Cornell Wheeler

One of the many attendees of Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House last Saturday was 2020 in-state linebacker Cornell Wheeler.

Wheeler, listed at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds out of West Bloomfield, was offered a scholarship from Michigan in February, and as the Michigander told Maize n Brew in an interview after Saturday’s recruiting event, his interest in the program has only increased since being offered.

“Man, most definitely top five,” Wheeler said when asked if Michigan is high on his list after his BBQ experience.

Wheeler was “with Don Brown all day,” and even got to do some workouts in front of him and some of the other coaches.

“It went really good,” he said. “I got to kinda workout in front of some coaches, the food was good. I had a really good time.

“Really good (relationship with Brown). I just enjoy being coached by him.”

Wheeler’s head coach at West Bloomfield is Ron Bellamy, a former Wolverine himself. He was the one who told Wheeler he was offered a scholarship by Michigan.

At the time, it was only Wheeler’s second scholarship. That list has now grown to 10 — Michigan, Ball State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Syracuse and Toledo.

Notice one team missing? I do — Michigan State, a team Wheeler is admittedly high on and a school he plans to visit tomorrow, July 31.

Other teams that would for sure be in Wheeler’s top five?

“I would say Ohio State, MSU and Wisconsin,” he said.

Wheeler is hoping to commit to a program either at the Under Armour All-America game or after his upcoming football season.

Wheeler is currently the 13th-ranked player in the state, the 17th-ranked inside linebacker and the No. 468 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite.