When Crockett High School star Dominique Wheeler committed to Texas Tech last June, he changed his Twitter handle to TexasTech_28. Still, it doesn't hurt Red Raiders fans to have some reassurance.
Wheeler visited Baylor and Tech the last two weekends and had sounded on social media as if the Bears were a serious consideration.
He seems to have made up his mind, though, after he made this Twitter post late Tuesday: "TexasTech is where I belong and that's where I'm going. So no questions ask that's where I'll be next year. #GunsUp"
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Wheeler has been a quarterback and wide receiver for his Class 2A high school. He's a member of The Avalanche-Journal Fabulous 44 list of the state's top recruits, having also attracted scholarship offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M.
When I asked them last week about Wheeler, recruiting consultants Randy Rodgers in Austin and Greg Powers in Frisco both spoke highly of Wheeler's athletic ability.
"He’s really inconsistent, but boy when he plays, he’s really good,” said Rodgers, who was a college coach at Illinois and Texas. “What stands out is his ball skills. He really has good jumping ability, great hops. He really can compete for the ball in the air.
"I really don't know how fast he is. I've never really seen him have to run all out, but he's a good player. He may be one of those guys that's just fast enough."
Powers gave a similar evaluation, portraying Wheeler as a player with rough edges but abundant playmaking potential.
"He kind of fell a little bit through the course of the year, based on speed and he's just really raw," said Powers, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com. "I would like to see more competitiveness from him. He was in our top 50 (national recruits) at one point. He played quarterback as a junior and made some plays, but as a wide receiver he just has some work to do and he needs to keep continuing to have that drive.
"Much like Reginald Davis (a Tech pledge from Tenaha), he has the freakish athletic ability to make things happen. He just needs to put everything together."