QB drawn to the spread

Any successful offense relies on solid quarterback play. That is even more true of the Wildcats' new spread offense. The pass happy scheme relies on quick reads and strong armed passers. Now that Arizona has committed to the offense, a number of quarterbacks are taking notice, including some from some unlikely locations.

The Wildcats do not often go to Arkansas to find recruits, but they are getting a long look from Greenwood quarterback Tyler Wilson.

Wilson put up tremendous numbers in the spread offense last year and took notice when Sonny Dykes left Texas Tech to implement the scheme in Tucson.

The Wildcats took notice as well, offering Wilson a scholarship earl in the process.

"Sonny Dykes coming in as offensive coordinator really adds to my interest," Wilson said. "Texas Tech had an offensive scheme that's incredible."

Last season the 6-3, 185 pounder threw for 4,222 yards and 50 touchdowns. An All-Conference and All-State performer, Wilson threw for 582 yards and six scores in a winning state championship performance..

"My high school's offense is patterned after the Tech offense," Wilson explained. "I am familiar with it. We watch a lot of film of their offense.

As of now he boasts offers from Kansas, Tulsa and the Wildcats but is hearing from a number of programs, especially in the SEC.

Wilson naturally grew up an Arkansas fan, but also liked the Georgia Bulldogs a lot. He's hearing from both schools, but Arkansas appears to be changing their offense and already have a quarterback commit for the 2008 class. He also admits he'd like to hear more from Florida, as he loves their offense and feels Urban Meyer is a "great coach".

One reason that teams may be slow to pursue Wilson is the fact that he is a terrific baseball prospect. Wilson is a strong armed pitcher who has all of the top baseball programs vying for his services and turning pro is always an option.

In fact, at one time Wilson was sure that baseball was his sport, but now the Nation's Pastime is just one possible path for the athlete.

"Football is a huge option," Wilson said. "My family and I will sit down and pick the best choice."

One thing that does not seem to be an option is playing both sports in college. Wilson said that he thought he could handle the rigors of both sports, but worries about his overall development if he splits his attention between the two endeavors.

The Arizona baseball team has also contacted Wilson, as have most of the SEC and other top baseball programs.

Right now Wilson admits that the Wildcats are his leader, but also admits that it is quite early in the process.

"Arizona is at the top of my list right now" Wilson explained.

"It is still early," he continued. "Teams are still getting involved. I have to take this stuff in."

His summer plans are still up in the air. He will likely attend the Nike Combine in Georgia and would like to pursue the Elite 11 quarterback camp. Anything after that is up in the air due to his baseball commitments.

Arizona already has a commitment from quarterback/athlete Gerrell Robinson, but he has opened up his recruitment a bit, and even if he does choose Arizona, he could choose the option of playing wide receiver.

Wilson is being recruited by Joe Robinson, though it is Dykes who is playing a major role. The two have spoken a few times on the phone already and the new offensive coordinator has already made a great impression.

"I really like coach Dykes," Wilson said. "He really knows offense and I think he's going to be a great quarterbacks' coach."

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