Texas is the Southeastern Conference of high school football states. It’s where memes are made, coaches are paid extremely well and winning is sometimes a matter of life and death. So many great players were born and bred in the Lone Star State, like Texas football legends and NFL players Adrian Peterson, Vince Young and Myles Garrett.
It should be no surprise that the top-ranked running backs in each of the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes hail from Texas. Zachary Evans is the highest-rated running back from Texas since Peterson, and 2021 top back Camar Wheaton could end up being even better than Evans.
Wheaton, who plays for Garland’s Lakeview Centennial High School, is the top-rated running back in the 2021 class in both 247Sports and ESPN‘s recruiting rankings. He’s a consensus top-10 overall prospect in each of those and his services are highly sought after.
Camar Wheaton Recruiting
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back already holds a whopping 28 offers from colleges and universities across the nation, and that figure will likely keep growing.
Major college football programs like Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Georgia, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC and Ohio State have all lined up for him, including programs throughout the midwest like Texas, Texas A&M, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas, Arkansas and Utah.
Wheaton has kept quiet about his preferred destination, and no one is sure where he will land. 247Sports hasn’t even made a guess using their Crystal Ball Predictions, but Wheaton has visited campuses at Michigan, Notre Dame and the Texas Longhorns already.
One thing is for sure, though: he’s a beast out of the backfield for the Lakeview Centennial Patriots. He must be if 247Sports gave him a better composite score than Dalvin Cook, Todd Gurley, Reggie Bush and DeMarco Murray received in high school.
What stands out to Wheaton’s coaches is that he doesn’t act like a normal five-star recruit. He keeps a relatively low profile on his social media accounts, is not all that into interviews and is just a level-headed kid who plays football, despite already receiving his own bobblehead from a local TV station.
The Wolverine’s E.J. Holland called him a “unicorn” in the modern football recruiting era.
“You’re right with your analysis, he’s kind of a unicorn,” Lakeview Centennial head coach Kendall Miller told The Wolverine. “A lot of kids that have his talents get arrogance. But he doesn’t have it. He’s very humble. That makes you want to see him succeed. Because he’s the way that he is, we’re able to treat him like everybody else on our football team.
“There are a lot of people that could take notes and learn from him about how to handle everything.”
Camar Wheaton Highlights
Here’s Wheaton showcasing that breakaway speed by taking the opening kickoff against Wylie High School to the house.
Wheaton has unsurprisingly torched opposing high school defenses. He helped end Garland Lakeview Centennial’s 15-game losing streak to Rowlett by rushing for 241 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Wheaton already posted nearly 1,000 rushing yards and averages seven yards per carry in his junior season. He logged 15 rushing touchdowns through his team’s first nine games, according to statistics kept by the Dallas Morning News.
You might say he has a knack for finding the end zone, like he did for a 14-yard touchdown against North Garland in September.
After rushing for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, Wheaton is on-pace for similar number as a junior in 2019. Wheaton will likely only improve heading into his senior season, and he’ll be able to pick pretty much any college in the country to take his talents to.