RECRUITING: Tony Wilson to camp at UF and UGA

Daytona Beach Mainland's Tony Wilson figures to be one of the country's top prep prospects at wide receiver and defensive back. The speedster is also one of the most competitive athletes in the Class of 2006. You can bet that isn't lost on Urban Meyer and the Florida staff.

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The 5-10, 177-pound all-purpose athlete participated in the and Nike camps recently. He somewhat enjoyed the experiences, but had a word of advice for the camp organizers.

"It was alright," Wilson said. "I just think that they should let you go one-on-one more. There was a little of that, but not enough. It needs to be more competitive, more man-on-man. How can you compare me if you don't let me compete?"

Wilson said that he has targeted two camps this summer, Georgia and Florida. He said that he'll see what else falls into place regarding any other potential camping opportunities. His next competition will be this weekend in the state track and field finals.

"I qualified for state (track) in the 100 and 200," Wilson said. "I haven't been beaten in the 200 this year. My best time is a 21.7. We were in Winter Park and we had to run in a strong wind. It was close, very close. They took like 30 minutes to determine who won the event. We were looking at the finish on camcorders that people had who were taping the race. Just looking at the pictures on the camcorder, I won. But, they said the other guy ran an 11.04 and that I ran an 11.05."

Wilson and his Mainland teammates will travel to Coral Springs for Saturday's state championship track meet, where he hopes to take both he 100 and 200 titles outright. His best time in the 100 thus far has been 10.7. Despite gong through the necessary preparations for the state meet, Wilson will suit up with his Buccaneer teammates as spring practice gets underway this week.

"We'll work out in shorts for the first three days" he said. "I'll probably be in shorts all week for football, but I'll be looking forward to going full speed on May 9th. I'll definitely play both ways this year, but I'm just not sure where on defense.

"Since Avery (Atkins) graduated, we're looking for a safety who can come up and make the big hit. The coaches are looking for that this spring. If we find somebody, then I'll be on the wide side (playing corner). If we don't, I'll probably play some safety, because I enjoy coming up and making a hit."

Wilson said that Coach John Maronto and the staff at Mainland have told him despite losing quarterback Jon Garner to work on his preparation for considerable time at wide receiver this fall.

"They want me to work on my routes and my hands. I need to get more comfortable getting my arms extended, so that I can bring the ball in with my hands," he said.

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