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Marco Wilson can feel change in Gators' presence

There is little doubt that the recruiting fortunes are changing in  positive way for the Florida Gators. 2017 four-star cornerback Marco Wilson of plantation (Fla.) American Heritage says he can really tell the difference among the prospects he talks to.

Marco Wilson is the younger brother of Quincy Wilson, the starting sophomore cornerback for the Florida Gators and has been to a few of the Gator games this year in The Swamp. Wilson was in attendance when the defense put on a show versus Vanderbilt in a hard fought 9-7 win over the Commodores.

“They handled their business,” Wilson said about the game. “Their defense has always been great, but I think they are really good this year.. I really like it. There isn’t any game where an offense really went crazy on them.”

Wilson says one change he sees in the secondary, and maybe due to depth, is that the guys that play end up playing a lot.

“The DB’s they rotate them a lot less, but they put them in positions to make more plays,” he said of the 2015 edition of the Florida defense. “They had a lot more rotation last year with their cornerbacks. Each player is making plays. The play call might be different, but they are looking good.”

With a surprising 8-1 record and an SEC East Championship already notched for the season, the Gators are feeling a little push on the recruiting trail. Wilson has of course been around the pulse of Gator recruiting for a while so he knows about it. He says you can really sense the change in the vibe among prospects.

“It is completely different,” Wilson said of the positive vibes. “Last year they were still a pretty big team, but they weren’t ranked. No one was really paying that much attention to them. This year they are ranked high and are doing really good. I think a lot more people are looking into them because they are on the rise. I think people are looking a lot because they are a great team and have a great tradition. I couldn’t go to a college where they are getting 30-40 points put on them every week. I just don’t think I could go to a school like that.”

It has even gotten him closer to the program, if that is possible.

“Florida has always been high for me,” he said. “I just began to like them more after watching every week. I love the way they look and I feel like if I went there I would be developed as a player.

Four other teams are recruiting Wilson hard at the moment, Big time programs that can all use a quality corner like him.  Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Miami are the schools that are pressing.

“At Miami, pretty much their whole coaching staff talks to me,” he said about the school where his father Chad Wilson played. “They recruit me very hard. They tell me I am what they need to turn the program around. They are in a good position now because they have the talent and they just need to get the coaching situated.

“Ohio State recruits me pretty hard. They are a really good team with a great tradition. Alabama is also a really good team. I would love to take more visits there and see how they work. I took one over the summer, it just wasn’t enough.”

For now his visit plans anywhere include a couple of more stops in Gainesville. He also says that a decision on a school isn’t coming any time soon.

“The next game I will probably go to is Florida vs. FAU and I will be there for Florida-Florida State,” he said. I will wait to commit until sometime in my senior year.”

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