"It was really cool," Wilson said of the visit. "Every time I get to Auburn I find something new, something more to like about it. This visit was no exception. It was great.
"It's definitely comforting that they would be there because they were some of my best friends in high school," he added. "It's not like they were just on my team, they were my brothers and some of the guys I love very much.
"That means a lot to me that I can go to them for any help in the recruiting process or in the school," he added. "I feel very good about having them there and about them having gone through the process of college a little bit. It feels good having them there."
Like most young players Wilson wants to play early when he gets to the next level and he saw that happen this year with Lawson. Watching as his close friend earned freshman All-American honors for his play at defensive end, the potential center prospect said it showed him that Coach Gus Malzahn is serious about playing his best players regardless of how old they are.
"It means a lot to me," Wilson said. "I know that they do it too because my friend Carl was here. It's a big opportunity for me, but I'll have to live up to it. I'll have to work hard every day, but I feel up to the challenge."
Learning more about Malzahn and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes with every conversation he has with them, Wilson said he really likes the way they go about their business and seeing the success they had on the field this season only backs up what he has heard from them. Now with Auburn in his top group along with Florida State, Stanford, North Carolina and Duke, he said he could definitely see himself playing for the Tigers.
"It's going really well," he said of building relationships with both. "I have gotten to talk to them a lot more recently. I really like them a lot as coaches and as people. I feel like they can bring out the best in me if I were to attend Auburn.
"I saw a lot of physical hard work that everyone put in," he added about the season. "I know they work out every day and work their hardest. I look up to people like Reese Dismukes and he really inspires me to be the best I can be. I feel like an offensive linemen like me could do well at this university."