Commit Profile: Shaun Wilson

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is North Carolina running back Shaun Wilson.

Name: Shaun Wilson

School: West Mecklenburg HS (Charlotte, NC)

Ht/Wt/40: 5-foot-9 / 177lbs / 4.52

Projected Position: Running Back

Recruiting Recap: Wilson and Duke were aware of each other for the better part of two years, but things didn't start moving overly quick until the latter half of September. That's when the Blue Devils finally made the offer and the three star RB committed within 72 hours.

"Really, they offered me around three days before I made a decision," said Wilson. "I wasn't thinking about committing so quickly, but I prayed about it and it was really clear that Duke was the only place for me."

Wilson chose Duke over offers from Appalachian State, East Carolina, Louisville, Marshall, Toledo, and Wake Forest. He had also fielded recent interest from schools such as NC State, South Carolina, and Clemson.

Quotable: "When you look at it, they have everything I was looking for. The school and the program are a great fit. They play in the ACC, which was something I wanted to do. The academics are phenomenal, and they run a spread offense, which is what I'm used to. Also, it's only two and a half hours - at most - from home, so my family can come see me play. When Coach told me they wanted me, I just kind of knew."

"I'm going to be one of their running backs. I feel like their backs are able to do a lot of things in their offense, and I have a lot of the skills they need. I can run and I can catch out of the backfield. They really showed me that they have a plan for me."


Expert Evaluation: Although he is undersized, Wilson is a dynamic playmaker and a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball. He is a instinctive runner with great vision. Wilson has great feet, is extremely quick, and has a knack for making defenders miss. He also catches the ball well out of the backfield and is a very good return man. He must continue to add weight and get stronger, but his best football is ahead of him.

Projected 2014 Season Status: Given the depth of the running back position in Durham, Wilson will likely find himself redshirting in 2014. That being said, Cutcliffe and his staff have showed a willingness to play the players who give the Blue Devils the best chance to win. If Wilson's play-making ability can translate early on, he may beat the odds and make it to the field this fall.

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