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Wheeler to continue football career at Division I Kent State

Friday, May 21, 2010

Northview High School senior Scotty Wheeler (front, middle) signs a letter-of-intent to play football this fall at Kent State University while his parents (front, from left) Jodi and Shawn Wheeler, along with NHS football coach (back) George Gettle and NHS athletic director Charley Jackson look on.

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To the best of his knowledge, Northview High School football coach George Gettle believes senior Scotty Wheeler just accomplished something no other NHS football player has ever done.

On Friday, Wheeler made things official when he signed his letter-of-intent to play football this fall at Kent State University.

Gettle said he believed Wheeler is the first Northview football athlete to sign directly to a NCAA Division I school.

"This is another feather in our cap," Gettle said. "It shows that we're doing things the right way."

Wheeler is a three-year starting offensive tackle for the Knights. He also earned All-Western Indiana Conference honors last year.

He is a 6-foot-3, 285-pound tackle who also played defensive tackle from time to time.

Wheeler will attend Kent State on a full-ride scholarship and said he was honored.

"I didn't even know about (Gettle's point)," Wheeler said. "It is a shock. I definitely wasn't expecting it. I guess I left my mark on the school."

Wheeler said he was approached by several junior colleges and others, including Franklin College, before electing to sign with Kent State.

"It's a good atmosphere," he said. "Everything is pretty close, but the campus is pretty spread out."

He said he has been in touch with Kent State coach Doug Martin.

"He said as of now, I'll be second string but he's not looking to red-shirt me," Wheeler said.

He added he will leave Brazil in July to begin summer workouts with the team.

Wheeler will be the second NHS offensive lineman on a NCAA Division I roster this fall. Joey Evinger will also be playing football at Louisville.

"We're very happy for Scott and his family," Gettle said. "This is a tremendous opportunity. This was the best fit and the best place."

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Congrats Scott, way to show what hard work can earn!

-- Posted by Mr. D on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 3:00 PM

Doesn't it interest anyone else why a school like ISU doesn't recruit more local talent? It certainly can't be because they don't think our local athletes aren't good enough to carry on their winning tradition. And wouldn't it provide a greater revenue stream to the college to have local fans interested in watching friends and loved ones play there? Just wondering really. Does the h.s. coach normally initiate contact with prospective schools, or do the colleges come to the athlete, or is it left to the parents? Maybe somebody with more knowledge of the subject than myself could shed some light on it, and maybe help more of our outstanding student athletes find homes in D1 programs. And congratulations Scotty, it is quite an achievement and something to be proud of.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 3:17 PM

Way to go Scotty! Keep up the hard work.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 3:28 PM

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