Wilson Gives His Auburn Visit High Marks

Two-sport athlete De'Runnya Wilson talks about his visit to meet with Auburn's coaches.

Birmingham, Ala.--De'Runnya Wilson, a two-sport standout athlete at Wenonah High School, took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Sunday and came away from the trip saying the Tigers are his leader.

"The visit went real good," the wide receiver/basketball power forward said. "Talking to Coach (Gus) Malzahn he said they want to lead the country in offense. I like him. He seems like he can be like a father to me. I really like him and I enjoyed the visit."

Asked where the Tigers stand with him, Wilson said, "Sitting down and talking to them, realizing what type of people they are, Auburn is No. 1," said Wilson, who noted that he really likes Auburn's new wide receivers coach, Dameyune Craig.

Wilson, who stands six feet, six inches tall, is a big target. He noted that Malzahn told him that Auburn is looking for a tall receiver in the 2013 signee class.

The high school senior, who said he ran a 4.5 40-yard dash the last time he was timed, noted that he believes he has the speed to run deep routes, something Malzahn mentioned that he believes the recruit would be able to do in AU's offense.

"With his offense being able to run the ball, most of the time in games I would be one-on-one (with defensive backs)," the high school senior said. "He said his offense could make the game easier for me and I can make coaching easier for him."

Wilson, who had concentrated on basketball prior to his senior year, had not played football since his freshman season prior to the 2012 campaign. He caught 23 passes this past season, with nine going for the touchdowns, as he finished with nearly 500 receiving yards.

His numbers have been even more impressive on the basketball court as a senior. On Saturday night he was named Most Valuable Player at the Peach State Classic in Georgia. "I had 20 something points, 17 rebounds and seven steals last night," he said.

He noted that he has talked to Auburn coach Tony Barbee about playing basketball and football at Auburn along with AU quarterback commitment Jeremy Johnson from Carver. "We are good friends," Wilson points, noting that Johnson helped convince him to return to football as a senior.

De'Runnya Wilson is a standout in hoops, too. He was MVP of the AHSAA All-Star Game North squad last summer while Johnson was MVP for the South All-Stars.

The two prospects talked via phone on Sunday. Johnson was planning to make the trip to Auburn, too, but was tired after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday in San Antonio and then traveling back to Montgomery from Texas.

Wilson said he will be back in Auburn for a visit later this month. This coming weekend he will be in Starkville to visit Mississippi State. After visiting the Tigers he plans to take his third official visit to Tennessee. "Basically, that is it for visits," he said.

He noted the opportunity to play both sports is big to him. He said that he likes Auburn basketball coach Tony Barbee, pointing out that he had been to several camps at Auburn and has talked to the coach multiple times. "I think he has offered me a scholarship, too," Wilson said.

Wilson said he wants to take all of his visits and then sit down with his mother and make a decision on his college destination.

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