A small runner with blazing speed, this West Mifflin back identifies himself with Reggie Bush, now of the Detroit Lions. "He's always moving," Wheeler said. Wheeler's 2,226 rushing yards in 2012 put him third in WPIAL, He also scored 29 touchdowns. In addition to taking hand-offs, Wheeler returns kicks and runs track. Recruiting websites list his 40-yard dash at 4.5 seconds, which he said was his freshman year time.
Wheeler said he hasn't committed but has interest from Maryland, Cincinnati and West Virginia, with Maryland being his current favorite. He wants to study computer programming and run track in college, too.
OUR QUESTIONS, HIS ANSWERS
Jim? James? Jimmy? I've seen it every which way. What do you go by? Jimmy.
You ran for 344 yards in a game last year. How did that happen? My line was just doing a terrific job. I used my speed, but my line was the one that opened the holes for me.
You've had a few months to think about the Class AAA championship [a 34-8 loss to West Allegheny]. What are your thoughts on it now? Part of me has been thinking about all the stuff I could've done better to make us win. I just loved the feeling [playing at Heinz Field]. It just makes you want to go back.
What game are you most excited about? The TJ game. Rival game. (West Mifflin's only regular-season loss in 2012 was to Thomas Jefferson.)
Any personal goals you're shooting for? Get back to Heinz and actually win. And get over 3,000 yards. ... I just have to work hard this whole season.
What events do you run in track? What's your favorite? The 100, 200 and 4x100 [relay]. Probably the 100.
What's your best 100-meter time? 10.9.
What's your favorite kind of pizza? Pepperoni with sausage.
What's your all-time favorite movie? "Paid in Full" (2002).
You're going to the mall with your friends. What store are you definitely going to? Probably Macy's.