Big In-State Receiver Talks Auburn Offer

Talented receiver and basketball player De'Runnya Wilson talks about getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers and who made his top three.

Birmingham, Ala.—One of the top high school athletes in Alabama, big wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson, has been a name of the radar for SEC schools for much of the last year, but it was on the basketball court where he stood out.

Deciding to play football this season for the first time since his freshman year, Wilson's exploits on the gridiron have made him a wanted man for college football programs around the Southeast.

On Tuesday, Wilson got offers from both Auburn and Tennessee to go along with Georgia Tech and Mississippi State offers that have come recently. Getting more attention from the Tigers in recent weeks, Wilson said the offer came as a surprise because of the new staff just getting settled in.

"I thought it would come, but I was surprised with the new coaches coming to Auburn that I was one of the first people they came to," Wilson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was a big experience for me.

"They basically said they needed a big 6-6 receiver," he added. "Then coming so quickly means a lot to me because I never thought I would be first in somebody's mind. It's just a big experience for me."

Catching 23 passes for nearly 500 yards and nine touchdowns, Wilson had an impressive season for the Dragons. That's something that new coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee picked up on soon after getting to the Plains in the last week of recruiting. After getting a chance to talk with both of them Wilson said there is a lot to like about the Tigers.

"What I know is that he was the offensive coordinator when Cam Newton was there," Wilson said. "Playing under them and being a part of that offense would make me a better player. That's one thing I know."

Something else that Wilson knows about Auburn is that one of his friends is committed to play quarterback for the Tigers. Playing basketball against each other for several years, Wilson and Jeremy Johnson have struck up a strong friendship during that time. Over the summer the two played against each other in the North-South All-Star game in Montgomery and the talented quarterback had some prophetic words to say about the big forward.

"We're close," Wilson said. "I won the MVP of the game and we won, but after the game he said if I was a wide receiver he would love to throw to me. Basically that's coming true because I didn't play football until this year. This summer he talked about that. It's something to think about. He's real close to me. The friendship is there."

With plenty of options at the moment, Wilson said he is currently looking at just three schools. Trying to mix in visits in the month of January while also playing basketball he said he's going to visit Mississippi State on Jan. 11 and both Auburn and Tennessee the next two weekends as he tries to find the right fit.

The star player for Class 5A's number one ranked basketball team, Wilson had 31 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Jackson-Olin last week and the previous game had 30 points and 15 rebounds as the Dragons pounded Bessemer City. He's had four consecutive double-doubles to start the season.

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