Meet Jake Wheeler
This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.
Name: Jake Wheeler
Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1992
Birthplace: Hollywood, Fla.
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
Nickname: Big Wheels
Height: 6’8 ½
Position: Offensive tackle or tight end
High School: American Heritage High in Plantation, Fla.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- One star. ESPN.com -- No evaluation.
40-yard dash: 4.8
Runner-up: Rutgers or Tennessee
Other schools considered: Georgia Tech, Alabama, Oklahoma, Cincinnati
Favorite NFL player: Jason Taylor
Favorite NFL team: Miami Dolphins
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Toby Mac, Reliant K
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite movie: “The Book of Eli”
Favorite TV show: “House of Payne”
Favorite food: “My momma’s hamburger pie.”
Favorite high school class: Environment
Favorite thing about College Park: “It’s nice and big. I like that.’
Other high school sports: Basketball, track, volleyball, baseball
Hobbies: “I play guitar and I like to watch movies with my brother.”
Intended major: Business and kinesiology
Something that not many people know about you: “That I can play guitar and sing a little bit. I’m not too good of a singer, but [I can sing] a little bit.”
Best football moment: “It would have to be my 10th-grade year. We were up by two in the district championship game, and it had been 10 years since we won the district championship game. I was behind my brother, getting ready to block a field goal because that’s all they needed to win. I was behind my brother and I just pushed him through the line, jumped up and blocked the field goal and we won the district championship.”
Role model: “I would say my brother [Jared Wheeler] because growing up, I always looked up to him because he played football and basketball. He plays [football] at the University of Miami and everybody thought I was going there. But he was always my role model.”
Why Maryland? “After look at all the schools, I did an unofficial to Maryland during the summer and I met a couple of the coaches and liked them a lot. I met the players, and nobody had egos. Everybody was just friendly with everyone else. Everyone was trying to get everyone else better. All the coaches are there to help you, not to put you down. I hear they have the best strength and conditioning in the country right now, so that’s another reason. I need to get faster and stronger, and Maryland can do that.”