Above photo of Deiontrae Wheat from Hudl
BELTON, Texas- Early on Tuesday morning, the UMHB secondary added a second high-level transfer in Deiontrae Wheat.
Wheat, a 6’2, 170 lb cornerback from NCAA Div. II Southern Arkansas University, has three years of eligibility remaining. The native of Overton, Texas spent his first two collegiate seasons at Southern Arkansas, where he switched from wide receiver to cornerback prior to the 2020 season, but did not get the opportunity to see the field after the Muleriders’ entire 2020 slate was wiped out due to COVID-19.
He told True To The Cru that it was the environment at UMHB that caught his eye as he was looking for potential landing spots as a transfer.
“The environment was unbelievable,” Wheat said. “[I] loved it. I think mostly that’s what caught my eye. But overall it’s a good place to play some good football and dominate.”
Wheat starred at Kilgore High School, earning District 9-4A-1 Newcomer of the Year honors in 2016 as a freshman. He played both ways at receiver and defensive back, showing great speed and athleticism.
Wheat joins a cornerbacks unit that includes veteran Keith Gipson, and young standouts Titus Dunk, Jordan See and Deon Collins. He is the third transfer on defense in UMHB’s incoming recruiting class, in addition to linebacker Casey Buck and safety Deryn Taylor. There is a vacancy at one of the starting cornerback postions, as Drake Johnson entered the transfer portal on June 11.