2-Way Star: Zakee Wheatley
The Maryland and D.C. areas are full of talent at the High School football level. Including players who can excel and contribute at multiple positions. Players who show the ability to play multiple roles at a high level are intriguing prospects to evaluate. Zakee Wheatley is one of these players who played multiple positions last […]
The Maryland and D.C. areas are full of talent at the High School football level. Including players who can excel and contribute at multiple positions. Players who show the ability to play multiple roles at a high level are intriguing prospects to evaluate. Zakee Wheatley is one of these players who played multiple positions last season. Zakee Wheatley played both Wide Receiver and Defensive Back for Archbishop Spalding and did so effectively. It will be interesting to see if he continues to play both positions the coming year. Which is why it was a great opportunity to contact Zakee Wheatley recently. As I wanted to inquire about topics from strengths in his game to his goals for next season.
The first question I imposed to Mr. Wheatley was what he considers the biggest strengths of his game on the field. He stated, “My strengths are my length, ball skills, and football iq.” His play on the field displays all these tools at a high level. Wheatley at 6’2” 185 lbs. has terrific size and length at both positions where these physical attributes are highly valued. This Class of 2021 recruit on film showcases a tremendous nose for the football as both a receiver and defensive back. Displaying the ability to make tough contested catches as a receiver, adjusting to and attacking to the ball when in the air. This goes the same for him as a defensive back, making him a major difference maker defensively. His length gives him the range and reach to get his hands on and get to balls a lot of his contemporaries may not as well. His intelligence and knowledge of these two positions allows him to maximize his production. As a receiver he navigates finding holes in zone coverages, while negotiating the tighter areas of the field well. As a defensive back he does a great job remaining disciplined with his eyes. Reading opposing quarterbacks and rarely putting himself or his team in a compromised position. The part of his game that is also highlightable is the physicality he brings to both spots. As a receiver he is very physical as a runner after the catch and does a great using his strength to out-battle his opponents for the football. As a defensive back he is a good hard tackler, never shy about delivering hard blows to opponents. Zakee Wheatley brings a full package of talent and skill to both positions making a very coveted asset.
I then inquired about the improvements he wanted to make to his game, and his answer was simple and to the point. He said,” just get bigger, stronger, and faster. “As Wheatley understands to remain at the top of his game, he must continue to improve both technically and physically to maximize his potential. Scouts and collegiate programs are already seeing his potential based on the offers he has accumulated. Including schools like Wisconsin, Syracuse, Indiana, and Vanderbilt as his most recent offers. Wheatley has currently 22 offers from different colleges already, showing his services are in high demand. Making it interesting to see when the time comes where he ends up going. Along with how many more schools come into the picture on the way.
The last topic I wanted to get information on from him was his goals for the coming season. Mr. Wheatley was very specific about his goals. Describing several high standard achievements, he wanted to accomplish, but with his talent all are achievable. Wheatley explained,” My goals for next year are to first win a championship and second I would like to 60 catches for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. While also putting up 7 interceptions and 10 pass breakups.” It is intriguing to see him have such set numbers for himself, but with the confidence he has in his game all are possible. He has the skillset and work ethic to reach these milestones. Plus, this type of season will only solidify his place as one of the better recruits in his class.
Zakee Wheatley proves to be young man who has the physical body, mental understanding, and work ethic needed to be a great player at either position he plays. Whether he eventually transitions to playing just one position is up to him. His play on the field shows that he can play both at an elite level and will only get better at both as his career advances.