New Kansas football LB Cornell Wheeler could make a key impact

Former Michigan linebacker Cornell Wheeler announced via Twitter that he will be taking his talents to Kansas football.

Wheeler was rated as a three-to-four star prospect out of high school and was consistently considered a top 20 linebacker in the Class of 2020.

Since he did not see time on the field with the Wolverines last season, he will have additional eligibility with the Jayhawks. Despite no college playing time, Wheeler has been recognized for his tackling and awareness.

The young linebacker has been regarded as someone who can make the play when needed, which is a high-profile trait for any transfer.

“He may not have big combine numbers, but is one of the best pure football players in the state. He made several plays at or behind the line of scrimmage, he plays fast and he is smart. He is always in good position. There were a few plays where he was the only one in the way of big yardage or touchdowns and he always made the play.”

Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu on Cornell Wheeler (247 Sports)

Many expected Wheeler to eventually become a key player for Michigan, crediting his intangibles. He ultimately decided to leave Ann Arbor, as he is more likely to see playing time with KU than he would have at Michigan.

Adding Cornell Wheeler fills a gap left behind by key inside linebacker Dru Prox, who announced his intention to transfer away from Kansas in the spring.

Wheeler is the type of player that a program seeking to rebuild like Kansas Football would want. He is a slightly under-the-radar player with good awareness and instincts.

This is another strong acquisition in the transfer portal for new head coach Lance Leipold. Look for Cornell Wheeler to potentially make an impact this season for the Jayhawk defense.