High School Sports

Former Templeton High safety signs to play football at Weber State

For the second consecutive week, a former Templeton High football player has made a major college decision.

Christopher Wheeler, who graduated in 2010 before playing for Hancock College in Santa Maria, signed his National Letter of Intent to play free safety for Weber State on Monday — just one week after former Eagles teammate Tyler Gray decided to make a last-minute switch from Hawaii to Boise State.

Wheeler had other scholarship offers from Division II’s Adams State College in Colorado and NAIA’s Morningside College in Iowa. He took an official visit to Weber State in Ogden, Utah, last weekend. He enjoyed the campus and felt a connection with the coaching staff, headed by recently hired former Michigan State coach John L. Smith.

Smith was hired last month after Ron McBride retired after seven seasons with the Wildcats, who are a member of the Big Sky Conference, Cal Poly’s new home in the fall.

“I really felt wanted by the coaches,” said the 6-foot, 180-pound Wheeler. “They really wanted me to go there and made me feel like I can have an impact on the team.”

At Templeton, where he was also known by his middle name Daniel, Wheeler was a second-team member in the Los Padres League and the all-county teams after his senior season in 2010. That year, his Eagles made their first appearance in the CIF-Southern Section Northwest Division semifinals.

Wheeler played two seasons for Allan Hancock College, highlighted by a sophomore campaign with a team-best six interceptions — including three in a loss to Ventura — and a game-high 13 tackles in a loss to Cerritos College. He ranked second in the team with 80 tackles to help the Bulldogs to a 7-4 record.