Q&A With Sam Wheeler

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Last weekend, Blacksburg HS (VA) standout Sam Wheeler became the fourth player to commit to Virginia Tech for the 2004 class. He committed on Saturday, which was the day when he received his official offer from the Hokies.

Wheeler is a 6-4, 235 pound prospect with good athletic ability. As a junior, he made 103 tackles from the inside linebacker position. As a fullback on offense, he is a crushing blocker who Head Coach David Crist says has “improved every season since he came here.”

Wheeler is ranked #27 in my top 30. In addition to being a football star for Blacksburg, he excels in basketball. He chose Virginia Tech over interest from Virginia and Tennessee among others.

Q&A With Sam Wheeler

Pass: How excited were you when you committed last Saturday?

SW: I was very excited. It made my day! Once I did it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Now, I don’t have to worry about doing everything perfectly my senior year. I can just sit back, relax, and play football without worrying which coaches are in the stands watching me. Everything’s just a little bit easier.

Pass: Has Virginia Tech been your top school all along?

SW: They’ve been my top school for about two or three years now. I love the program. Once they offered, I was just excited to tell them that I was coming there.

Pass: How close are you with the VT coaching staff?

SW: Well, Billy Hite was the main recruiter for me, but I’ve known some of the others for a long time. Coach Ball goes to the same church I go to. Shane Beamer played football with my brother, and I was water boy at the time so I got to meet Coach Beamer then. I played football with Bud Foster’s son. I go to school with Billy Hite’s daughter. I consider myself good friends with all of them. I’m really close with the staff.

Pass: It’s been reported that you may head to Hargrave or Fork Union after your senior season. What is your plan?

SW: My plan is to see how this season goes. If I have a good season and feel ready for college next year, then I will go to straight to college. If I think I need more development, I will go to prep school before going to Tech. It’s not an academic situation or anything…just football related. I want to be mentally ready and physically matured enough when I go to college.

Pass: What position would you like to play in college?

SW: I would prefer outside linebacker, but I’ll play any position the coaches tell me to play. If