As one of 14 talented nominees on hand for Thursday night's Landers Award, future University of Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was already feeling good about just being in that class of prospects.
The Greenwood signal caller – who is also one of state's best baseball prospects - felt even better when he rose to the top of it by winning Arkansas' version of the high school Heisman Trophy.
"It is definitely a huge honor and I was very excited just to be included with a great bunch of players," Wilson said. "To win it, it is a real big honor and I am very appreciative."
Wilson (6-3, 185, 4.6), who is one of 20 players scheduled to take official visits to the UA this weekend, passed for 3,939 yards and 42 touchdowns this senior season while leading Greenwood to a third straight state title.
He was the starting quarterback for two of those, fashioning a junior season in which he threw for 4,222 yards and a whopping 50 TDs.
"I just have to thank all my teammates and my coaches for helping me to win this honor," Wilson said.
The other nominees included three fellow Razorback commits – Camden Fairview's De'Anthony Curtis, Texarkana's Dennis Johnson and Warren's Jarius Wright.
The list also numbered current USC commit and CAC star Joe Adams, who the UA is hoping to flip, Ole Miss commit Hunter Miller of Sylvan Hills, Atkins' Terrance Bobo, Bentonville's Anthony Blackmon, Fayetteville's Gionni Harris, Malvern's Steven Clegg, Conway's Isaiah Jackson and Little Rock Christian's Tyler Weddle.
Underclassmen invited to the ceremony included Lake Hamilton junior quarterback Phillip Butterfield and Little Rock Christian sophomore tailback Michael Dyer.
Wilson sit between Adams and Curtis and did his own recruiting bit.
"Tonight I talked to Joe Adams and the banquet and told him I would love to be throwing him the ball in the future if he comes and joins us," Wilson said. "I've also talked to a lot of the other guys there and other Arkansas recruits just trying to build relationships with the guys I will be playing with in the future."
That sure doesn't sound like a guy who has made up his mind to definitely skip college football and just accept wherever he is drafted in the June Major League baseball draft – as many are speculating.
"That's definitely not the case," Wilson said. "I am going to be looking at the decision real close, but right now my plan is to be a quarterback for the Razorbacks. It's something that I have always wanted to be."
That speculation accelerated with the transfer of Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett to Arkansas earlier this month.
"I have a lot of confidence in myself and look forward to the competition," Wilson said. "It's going to make us all better."
Wilson got a visit Tuesday from new Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, the man who got him to flip from an earlier commit to Tulsa.
"Coach Petrino came here to Greenwood on Tuesday and he touched on a lot of different situations and that has me very excited," Wilson said. "I am looking forward to signing with Arkansas and then to start learning the playbook and get up there to Fayetteville in June and start working toward getting a chance to play."
He's also looking forward to his official visit to the UA this weekend.
"It's definitely going to be more of an inside look at the school than I have had before and I am looking forward to hanging out with some of the guys that are already there and some of my future teammates," Wilson said. "I am also looking forward to eating pretty well because I know they usually have that on the agenda."
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