The Canisius High School football team will have two major additions this fall.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr., one of the most sought-after football recruits in the country, and his younger brother Terius, will play high school football at Canisius, The News has learned.
It is one of the most significant arrivals in Western New York high school football history.
Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end and tight end who will be a junior this fall. He has already received scholarship offers from Alabama, Penn State, North Carolina, Syracuse and his dad’s alma mater, Michigan.
Terius, who will be a sophomore, is a 5-11, 165-pound wide receiver and defensive back.
Local high school fans have been awaiting the destination of the Wheatley brothers since their famous father, University of Michigan great and NFL standout running back Tyrone Wheatley, was hired as the Buffalo Bills running backs coach.
Wheatley Sr. joined head coach Doug Marrone with the Bills after he was an assistant under Marrone at Syracuse University – also as running backs coach.
Both Wheatley brothers earned high marks at this past weekend’s Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy in Southfield, Mich. At the camp, a picture was taken of Tyrone Sr. and his two sons. In the picture, published at scout.michigan.com’s “Go Blue Wolverine” site (as well as other scout.com sites), Tyrone Jr. is wearing a Canisius T-shirt.
When Canisius football officials were asked about the picture, they confirmed to The News that the Wheatleys had completed their registration paperwork and put down a deposit for the 2013-14 academic year. Canisius coach Rich Robbins was unavailable for comment.
While living in the Syracuse area, the Wheatley brothers attended Fayetteville-Manlius.
This transfer is at least on the level of that of Chad Kelly, who moved back to Western New York with his family from Pennsylvania during his sophomore year before beginning his St. Joe’s quarterbacking career as a junior. While Kelly (nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim) would go on to receive many big-time college offers before committing to Clemson, he did not have them prior to his junior season.
The Wheatley brothers might be on the field with Canisius as soon as Saturday, when the Crusaders are schedule to participate at Lancaster’s 7-on-7 passing league camp.
The Wheatleys are the second high-profile transfer for Canisius heading into next season. Brad Zaffram, a first-team All-Western New York selection as a sophomore for Sweet Home this past season, announced he would be transferring to Canisius in May.