April 4, 2012

Wesley's got speed and is adding interest

Arlington Bowie safety Steve Wesley is fast.

In last year's District 4-5A championship track meet, Wesley ran 200 meters (about 218 yards) in 23.96 seconds. That equates to a 4.4 40-yard dash.

At 6-foot flat and 175 pounds, Wesley is the anchor of the Bowie track team and plays both corner and safety for the Volunteers.

His district meet is coming up and Wesley said Bowie has a solid shot at making to regionals, where the Vols will face some of the toughest competition in the nation.

TCU has tried to match his speed by being the first school to offer a scholarship to Wesley last month.

"I still talk to them a lot, just a couple days ago in fact," Wesley said. "Just last week I talked to the corners coach (Clay Jennings)."

Wesley said one of his favorite things about TCU is the look of the school.

"I've been over there tons of times for practices, junior days, tours," Wesley said. "Even though it's not finished yet, I'm going to love the locker room and weight room. They are going to look amazing."

The track star is thinking he might be getting a few more offers soon from fellow Big 12 schools Kansas and Oklahoma State and former Big 12 squad Texas A&M. He has visited Kansas State as well as the Aggies.

Wesley is looking to commit before his season starts in August and picked up an offer from Wake Forest on Wednesday. Oklahoma State has also shown strong interest recently and Wesley said he intends to visit the Cowboys this summer.

The conference prestige of a Big 12 or SEC is an important factor to Wesley.

"I'd love to play against the good competition and get more exposure," Wesley said. "But if lower schools come, I wouldn't turn my back."

His favorite school growing up has been LSU, but if the Tigers issue an offer, Wesley will still think about them versus the Frogs.

"I love the defense over at LSU, but you can't underestimate that offense. But it would depend on when I could get on the field over there," Wesley said. "TCU said I would have a chance to get on the field early and I don't know what LSU's depth is like."

Bowie does sometimes run a 4-2-5 defense, so that isn't a big deal to the defensive back, who will line up at receiver this year as well. While he is focusing on track right now, Wesley is using 7-on-7 games right now to improve his football skills.

"We had a good game the other day with Duncanville. They have some good players, but we got the win," Wesley said. "I like these drills because I can stay on the field the whole game and also play some wide receiver."

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