WYLIE — The top-rated running back in the country resides in Texas for the second consecutive cycle. Galena Park North Shore five-star Zachary Evans is the top-rated player at the position in the 2020 class. The 2021 cycle is headlined by Garland Lakeview Centennial five-star Camar Wheaton, who helped his team race past Wylie on Saturday night.
Wheaton took 10 seconds to announce his presence, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. It’s that type of explosion in the open field that brought Wheaton such high hopes early in his career. He’s only five games into his junior season, yet a throng of recruiting reporters awaited him after the win. It’s his new normal.
“The attention brings a spotlight, but that’s just noise on the outside,” Wheaton said. “My main focus is helping this team win football games and improving my game. The recruiting stuff handles itself.”
Wheaton wants to take things slow on the recruiting trail, a stark contrast to his lightning-fast playing style. The 5-11, 190-pound junior already holds 28 offers. He named Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida State and Alabama among the group of schools sticking out early in the process. Wheaton is one of three in-state running backs with UT offers in the 2021 class. Wheaton is the top prize in the state and his services are in high demand.
“Recruiting is about building bonds for me, so I’m leaning towards the schools who are doing the best at building a relationship with me,” he said. “Loyalty is important.”
Wheaton might not know when he wants to make a decision, but he’s starting to identify factors that’ll determine his destination.
“I want a coaching staff that doesn’t shuffle around. The bond is important and I want to play for the coaches I commit to,” he explained. “I’m also looking for a great defense to practice against and a good offensive line.”
Wheaton is no stranger to varsity football. He was named District 10-6A’s offensive newcomer of the year as a freshman when he rushed for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns. He followed that up with 1,106 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. Wheaton’s speed was evident when he ran a 10.67 100-meter dash at 14 years old. He’s now working on the finer tools of the trade as an upperclassman.
“My blocking is where I’m working to improve the most this season,” he said. “I wasn’t great at it early, but I’m getting better at it and become a well-rounded running back. I’m still a work in progress. It’s not always about running the football.”