Wilson just felt that Old Dominion was the right place.
"There were many reasons why I chose ODU," said Mark Wilson. "I just felt like it was somewhere that I could succeed on and off the field."
From the start, the Monarchs made an impression on the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive lineman.
"ODU stuck out to me from the beginning," he said. "I also know eight players personally who are on the team -- I grew up around them."
The coaching staff played a huge role in his decision.
"That is what separated ODU the most," said Wilson. "The coaches would take the time out of their day to talk to me. It wasn't just the recruiting coordinator, but I would also call (head) coach (Bobby) Wilder once a week. They really showed that they wanted me."
The Monarchs move to Division I and Conference USA helped secure Wilson's commitment.
"With them making the move, it will allow me to showcase my skills on a national level," he said. "That was a big reason."
Is Wilson done with the recruiting process?
"I am shutting it down completely," he said. "I am not interested in any other programs -- that's what I wanted to make sure of before I committed. I am not going to visit any other schools and I am 100 percent committed to ODU."
Last season, Wilson had 70 tackles and 12 sacks. This fall, he will try to help lead Phoebus to their fifth straight state title. Wilson also had offers from from Illinois, Syracuse, Purdue, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Delaware, James Madison, and Hampton.