On Monday, Oct. 28, West Virginia became the eleventh program to offer 2021 athlete Zakee Wheatley.
Wheatley is a junior at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland where he plays both defensive back and wide receiver.
Severn is about 30 minutes away from Dunbar High School where former Mountaineer Tavon Austin went to school. Wheatley said he followed Austin’s career at WVU.
“I was a huge Tavin Austin fan growing up,” Wheatley said. “My dad would take me to his games as a kid so I followed him when he was at WVU.”
Outside of Austin, Wheatley said he does not know too much about WVU other than Morgantown has a great game-day environment.
Rated as a four-star athlete, Wheatley has Liberty, Virginia, Boston College, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, UMass, Penn State, Northwestern, Louisville and Maryland. Wheatley said West Virginia is the first school to be interested in him at safety.
He plans to visit WVU sometime after his high school season is over.
“My dad and I have started to talk about it,” Wheatley explained. “I think our plan is to try and visit a couple of schools and then narrow it down and then consider taking officials early Spring. Ideally, I’d like to be committed and be ready to focus on school and training by May or June.”
This season the Mountaineers have been using senior Josh Norwood, junior Sean Mahone, sophomore Noah Guzman and freshmen Tykee Smith and Kerry Martin Jr. at safety.