Wilson May Be Diamond In Rough
Coaches from a number of colleges, including Alabama, got a chance to see Keiron Wilson at the Riviera Utilities Football Classic at Foley's Ivan Jones Stadium on May 17. The Foley Lions played host to three area teams--Daphne, Fairhope and Davidson—and Tuscaloosa County. Davidson competed against Daphne and Fairhope.
Assignment football necessitates a safety who relishes tackling. Smith praised Wilson's corralling abilities. "He is a great tackler in space. We've got him at strong safety right now. We wiggle him up and have him help on run support some."
Wilson considers his strength "playing fast, running to the ball and hitting". His coach concurs as he said, "He's a fierce hitter. He's a player." Wilson will be shifting from his two year varsity stint as an inside linebacker to the strong safety position where he has received offers to play in the defensive backfield from Clemson, UAB, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and South Alabama. Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss are actively recruiting him.
Wilson's school of preference is Alabama because he likes the coaching staff's attitude and admires Nick Saban. Sometime the recruiting game resembles dominoes, Coach Smith said. "We are just waiting for one SEC school to offer him. If one school can pull the trigger, we feel like some more schools will come in and offer him."
Wilson had summer plans to camp at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Southern Miss and UAB.
The 6-0, 185-pound Wilson wants college coaches to know "I'm a hard worker and a team player."
Coach Smith said, "He's a great kid and has great character." Bench pressing 315 pounds, squatting 315 pounds along with a power clean total of 265 pounds, the soft spoken defender claims a 4.4 forty time recorded last year at Alabama's camp. Reporting a 2.4 GPA, Wilson took the ACT in June for the first time.
As the leading tackler on defense for the Davidson Warriors with 84 tackles (58 solo), Wilson disrupted offenses with seven tackles for loss, four sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, two caused fumbles, three pass break ups and six quarterback hurries.
The rising senior feels the upcoming season will provide sufficient opportunity for him to develop his coverage skills and obtain valuable experience playing the strong safety position. Coaching staffs will be evaluating his progress with a keen eye as they monitor his transition to the defensive secondary.
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