FOOTBALL: Greenwood QB Signs With Arkansas

GREENWOOD — Greenwood quarterback Tyler Wilson strongly considered Louisiana State and Alabama before giving a verbal commitment to the University of Tulsa in September.

Once Bobby Petrino was hired at Arkansas in December, though, Wilson wondered if that would open another door.

"I had a thought in my mind that there was a possibility," Wilson said. "Taking a snap in front of 75,000 fans is something I've dreamed about since I was little. There's nothing like being a Razorback especially when you grow up in Arkansas; to play in front of your state, your family and your friends. I've very excited."

Wilson (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) had his national letter-of-intent on the fax machine going to Arkansas at 8:01 a.m. on Wednesday, the earliest possible time to make it official on National Signing Day.

Wilson joins a long list of quarterbacks that will vie for playing time especially with the transfer of Ryan Mallett from Michigan along with the signing of Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood.

"There's going to be competition anywhere," Wilson said. "If you're going to compete at the highest level, you've got to compete at the highest level. There's definitely going to be some tough competition, but with hard work and dedication, anything is possible."

Wilson started for two seasons at quarterback for Greenwood, guiding the Bulldogs to Class 5A state championships both seasons. As a senior, Wilson threw for 3,963 yards and 43 touchdowns. That was on the heels of a junior season in which he threw for 4,227 yards and 50 touchdowns. In his career, he threw for 8,232 yards and 94 touchdowns. Wilson's ability at quarterback, however, goes beyond the numbers.

"He has what it takes to make it at the next level," Greenwood coach Rick Jones said. "He has the ability, he has the brain, he has the dedication and he has the discipline that it takes."

Wilson also was part of a senior class that won state championships all three seasons of their career and went a combined 15-0 in the months of November and December.

"When you look at the quarterback position, you can't underestimate the intangibles," Jones said. "You have to have a certain ability of throwing the football, but it boils down to decisionmaking, discipline and dedication."

Chills went through Wilson as the student body called the Hogs at a signing ceremony on Wednesday morning.

"Having my classmates do that was tremendous," Wilson said. "It's been a fun ride. The next chapter is about to begin. That's going to be exciting as well at Arkansas."

Bio Box

Tyler Wilson

Greenwood

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185 pounds

Position: Quarterback

Career Statistics: 597 of 926 for 8,232 yards and 94 touchdowns

Highlights: Landers Award recipient, started two seasons, guiding Greenwood to state championships both season. MVP of this season's state championship game, ranks third all-time in state in passing yardage among quarterbacks who started just two seasons. Threw for 582 yards and six touchdowns in 2006 state championship game. In eight career playoff games, Wilson threw for 2,716 yards and 34 touchdowns.

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