Wilson Mulling Pac-12 South Options

It’s been known for a while that JayJay Wilson was likely to end up playing for a Pac-12 South program, and nothing had changed in that sense even following his most recent offer as well as this past weekend’s visit to Arizona State.

“I was hosted by Demario Richard who I grew up with in Palmdale,” Wilson said. “I spent a lot of time with him, the players and all the recruits that were on the visit. It was a good time. We talked about what are dreams were when we were younger and he (Richard) said the coaches here make your opportunities come true. They coach you hard because they try to get the best out of you.

“He told me he loves it there. He was obviously the MVP of the (Sun) Bowl game. It’s good to see him do big things there because I look up to him.”

The 6-3 228-pound JayJay Wilson was recently awarded a fourth star by Scout.com and now is ranked no. 34 among 2015 outside linebackers. While he said the Arizona State coaches did discuss him play at Spur on defense, that most of the discussion concerning a potential future role centered around the 3-back position on offense.

“I was talking a lot to Coach Norvell and Coach Long,” Wilson said. “They said watching my high school film they feel there is nothing I can’t do (on offense). So they want to use all my skills and not limit me to one thing. So they want me to play tight end, wide out, slot and run the ball. That’s what I did in high school and that’s what I’m familiar with. Never had just one position.

“In the end I’m a football player and I’ll do whatever the team needs.”

The direction of the Sun Devil program and its aspirations for 2015 and beyond is another aspect that has caught the attention of Wilson during his trip to Tempe.

“What intrigued me the most about the visit is that everyone has the same goal,” Wilson described. “From the equipment manager to the assistants everyone has the mentality that they want to be the best. That was a cool thing to see that everyone wanted to be better and not stay the same.

“Tempe is beautiful and it wasn’t that much different than Palmdale. I love it. ASU is at the top of my list.”

Wilson was also complimentary of head coach Todd Graham.

“Coach Graham is a character and a funny guy,” Wilson remarked. “I like to see that in a head coach – yes you are serious and you have goals, but at the end of the day he can also put a smile on somebody’s face by being who he is. He’s a great man, he opened up his home to the recruits and that was cool to see.”

Wilson had already visited Utah and had planned to visit Colorado, and up until last Friday that tandem of Pac-12 South foes along with Arizona State were believed to be the only three schools he would consider.

USC offered me last Friday,” Wilson said. “So I don’t know where I’m going to spend my last visit. I just have to figure everything out. USC has been in contact with me before and they talked to me about possibly offering me and now it happened. I've been talking to Ole Miss and Texas A&M but I probably won’t visit them because I don’t know much about them and they came so late in the process. So I’m really looking at Pac-12 schools.

“I’m looking at the brotherhood of a school and how they can really help me with my future if football doesn’t work out. So education is important. I couldn’t tell right now if I’m going to take more visits before I decide or not. But most likely I will take another visit.”


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