The rich only ever seem to get richer. Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be celebrating the season a little bit harder this year after picking up an early Christmas present in the form of Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX) running back Camar Wheaton on Wednesday.
By Steve Wright
Wheaton is one of the jewels of the class of 2021 and he is ranked as the No. 26 player nationally, the No. 2 running back in the class, and the No. 4 player in Texas according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 5-star player chose Alabama over heavy interest from a host of programs, most notably Oklahoma.
The 5-foot-11, 190 pound back has the exact type of build you would expect for a running back at the college level. All power and dynamic speed, Wheaton is explosively fast – he ran in the 10.6 range in the 100 as a sophomore – and combines that elite speed with enough athleticism and agility to make the first defender miss. Wheaton also displays insane acceleration, so often when that first tackler is beaten it is game over for the defense.
Wheaton’s film is outstanding. There is a lot to be said for his ability to cut – and specifically, his vision to see holes and move to the next level of the defense – but what is most obvious is the speed. When Wheaton puts down the pedal and shifts to top gear he is simply gone at the high school level. This might change a touch in college where everyone is faster, but Wheaton will still be the fastest player on the field most of the time – especially if he can carry his speed with another 10/15 pounds on his frame. Wheaton will also be a matchup problem coming out of the backfield as a pass-catcher if he is able to add that to his game – this isn’t something he was asked to do in high school – and he is going to be an issue for the rest of the SEC as he improves towards a potential career on Sundays.