Wilson Racking Up Big-Time Offers

Spanish Fork athlete Richard Wilson already has scholarship offers from BYU, Utah and the national champion LSU Tigers. Now the Cougar recruit can add two more to the list.

Throughout his junior year of football, one could see that dominating display of football skills Richard Wilson possessed on the field. It was no surprise that he first received a scholarship offer from the Cougars of BYU, and then another from Utah. For Wilson, it was only a matter of time.

Now nearing his senior year of high school, Wilson has five scholarship offers to his credit, including offers from some big-time programs. The latest two schools to enter the Wilson sweepstakes are Tennessee and Arizona.

"Arizona came to my school and they talked to me," Wilson said. "They said they really liked my film a lot. The coach said he had to take my film back to the rest of the staff so they could look at it, and he said they all really liked it."

Following the initial contact by the Arizona Wildcat recruiter, Wilson received an email saying the coaching staff was impressed and that his official offer is in the mail. He has not received it yet, but is expecting it to come soon.

Coaches from the University of Tennessee had been down to Timpview High School to check up on offensive lineman Xavier Su'afilo, and in the process ended up discovering Wilson.

"[Tennessee coaches] heard from some of the coaches around in the state about me and watched film on me on the Internet somewhere," said Wilson. "Coach Adkins [an assistant offensive line coach for the Tennessee Volunteers] called my cell phone and offered me a scholarship."

Though fortunate to have the new offers from Tennessee and Arizona, Wilson said he feels the pressure mounting a little bit.

"It is kind of tough because it's more involved now and things like that, but at the same time it is a blessing to get all these new offers," said Wilson. "I remember during my sophomore year I never thought that I would ever be recruited this big. It's cool and stuff, but at the same time it's just one more school you have to consider.

"I think its kind of both a blessing and a nice complement. It's kind of awesome that some of these other big schools from other states are kind of noticing who I am and know that I can play. It does put more pressure on me because now that's just one more coach that I have to build a relationship with."

Wilson currently plans on visiting LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia in July, and intends on making his decision by the end of summer so that he can focus on his final season at Spanish Fork High School. His summer plans also include attending BYU's non-padded summer camp and the All-Poly Camp.

More offers may come Wilson's way, as some other schools have been showing him interest.

"I've been talking with Coach Stoutland from Miami," Wilson said. "I've also been talking to coaches from Boise State, and Cal has been sending me stuff, along with Stanford."

Every school that has offered or has contacted Wilson has recruited him for the same position.

"Every school right now is recruiting me as a tight end," Wilson said. "That's definitely where every school is recruiting me in. It's the same with BYU; they're also recruiting me as a tight end as well. When I had my meeting with, them that's what they told me. They said they weren't thinking of me for anything else but tight end."

The tight end success at BYU is one of distinguished reputation. It's also one of the many reasons why Wilson holds BYU high on his list.

"The tight end position at BYU has great tradition and development within the offense," said Wilson. "It's all good there because you can be a backup and still go to the league."

Wilson knows that playing such a vital role in the Cougar offense requires a number of skills.

"The tight ends at BYU can all catch the ball, that's for sure, and they all can block as well," said Wilson. "In order to be a tight end within BYU's offense you have to be able to do both things good. They have to be athletic and not just bulky for blocking. These tight ends are big, strong and fast and can run and catch footballs within the offense. They're all just athletic, and that's the type of athlete you have to be in order to be a tight end at BYU."

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