Booker T. Washington lineman Johnathan Wheeler (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Pipeline to VUL has been created, Booker T. Washington DL Johnathon Wheeler bags offer from Dragons
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Booker T. Washington starting defensive lineman Johnathon Wheeler (2020 DL/OL 6-3 345) isn’t like most prospects that come up through the ranks.
Many student-athletes start at a young age so that by the time they reach their junior and senior seasons, there’s a veteran-like swagger to their appearance. However, Wheeler wasn’t one of the prospects. It wasn’t because Wheeler didn’t want to step on football field. His size made it a little difficult for him to be productive in the way he was asked to be productive.
“I played football as a little kid, but I was overweight so that didn’t work out,” explained Wheeler. “My freshman year was my first time actual time being on a team.”
His first time contributing to an actual program came just three years when he stepped on the field at Booker T. Washington under head coach D.J. Alexander. Over the last three seasons, Wheeler has been able to contribute on both the offensive and defensive line. Last season he covered almost every snap on the offensive line, but tried his hand at defensive tackle after the Mighty Bookers 31-28 win over Norcom during the first week of September.
Taking notice most recently has been Coach Bobby Rome and the coaching staff at Virginia University of Lynchburg. The Dragons were able to net 2019 prospects Tayeon Woods as well as Kevin Towns from the Mighty Bookers and now have their eyes set on putting more emphasis onto its defensive line.
“It felt good to get the offer. I’m just keeping my head on a straight path all while getting bigger, faster, and stronger. They’re definitely good coaches there and with having former teammates joining the Dragons this coming up season our relationship could get even closer. It would be a great feeling to see those guys on the next level. That’s what we went through the trenches for,” Wheeler stated.
Wheeler has gone under the radar for the better part of the last three seasons. However, he has picked up collegiate offers from Hampton University, Delaware State University, and Howard University. The goal for Wheeler heading into the spring will be to build a better bond with his with his guys at Booker T. as well as make a more concerted effort in the weight room.
– Brandon Mitchell