Wisconsin saw one of their top receivers move onto the next level this weekend when Nick Toon was drafted by the NFL's New Orleans Saints on Saturday. That same day, the Badgers replenished their future wide receiver ranks when they received the commitment of Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge's Rob Wheelwright.
Walnut Ridge head coach Byron Mattox was not able to accompany Wheelwright on his trip to Madison this weekend, but was not shocked Wheelwright made a move on the Badger's offer.
"I knew that Wisconsin was high on his list," Mattox said. "He has been real secretive and kind of kept what he was thinking to himself, so I wasn't sure if he was going to commit when he went up there or not. It was kind of surprising, but not real surprising."
Mattox did not have a chance to talk in-depth with Wheelwright after he committed to the Badgers, but he did speak with the Wisconsin coaching staff on Sunday.
"I did talk to Coach [Zach] Azzanni, the wide receivers coach, today and he's real excited," Mattox said. "They really were high on the kid. They let me know he was a priority, and the top receiver on their board. They were real excited to get him out of that class."
Having worked with Wheelwright the last several years, Mattox sees his star wide receiver's choice of Wisconsin as a good place for the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder to develop his game.
"I see them as a real good fit," Mattox said. "The Toon kid that just got drafted, watching him play some, he and Robert seem kind of similar. He will be a bigger receiver, especially when he gets to that next level, but the stuff they do, we kind of did some of the same stuff last year. I see him fitting in real well."
Wheelwright is the brother of former Minnesota Golden Gophers standout wide receiver Ernie Wheelwright. Having been brought up under his older brother's watchful eye and combining that with his own desire to be great has helped Wheelwright develop into one of the Midwest's top receiver prospects in the 2013 class.
"He has a love for the game, for one, and he has a real nice pedigree," Mattox added. "His brother, I know, has given him some tips, but he has all the intangibles too. He was voted as a captain going into next year by his teammates. He is a high energy guy on the field, brings that to practice and just wants to get better and be great."
For Wisconsin, Wheelwright is the fourth commitment in the 2013 class and the first on the offensive side of the football.