Excited to say I just verbally committed to North Texas! #GMG
— Cody Wheeler (@BigWheels69_) July 19, 2014
UNT picked up a commitment from offensive lineman Cody Wheeler this morning, adding to the list of players who decided to play for the Mean Green after attending the school’s early summer events for top-priority juniors.
Wheeler visited UNT in early June.
He was recruited by UNT offensive line coach Mike Simmonds and special teams coordinator and running backs coach Tommy Perry.
“When I came to North Texas, it felt like home,” Wheeler said. “I love the coaching staff and it’s close to home. My parents can come and see me play. Coach Simmonds is similar to my offensive line coach Mike Carter at Allen. Coach Carter is like a second father to me.”
Wheeler was also offered a scholarship by New Mexico, Sam Houston State, Yale and Lafayette.
He is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. UNT recruited Wheeler as a guard, but has left open the possibility he could move to tackle at UNT. He will play center for Allen this year.
UNT’s coaches told Wheeler that he could have an opportunity to play early in his career due to the number of upperclassmen the Mean Green has on its offensive front.
Preseason All-Conference USA selections Cyril Lemon and Mason Y’Barbo are both seniors.
The fact that UNT is close to Allen, where Wheeler developed into a standout late in his high school career also played a role in his decision.
Wheeler is the sixth player to commit to become a part of the Mean Green’s 2015 signing class.
For more on Wheeler, see tomorrow’s edition of the Denton Record-Chronicle.