Profile: Michael Wilson
Position: Wide Receiver
Location: West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Weight: 195 pounds
Recruiting: Wilson was just offered a scholarship by Stanford just a week ago and wasted very little time in making his decision. The Cardinal were the dream school for Wilson and once offered, we knew it was more of a matter of when, not if, he committed. Wilson is a very academic minded kid and called the Cardinal combination of football and education was too much to pass up. His stock was recently starting to soar with national programs like Notre Dame as well as most of the Pac-12 getting involved but no one was going to catch the Cardinal.
What to Like: Wilson has a very solid 6-2 frame, is a strong kid and plays a physical game. He uses his size well to create separation from smaller defensive backs, catches the ball well through contact and is a very good blocker. He had a big junior season catching 70 balls for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns and was both a possession receiver and a deep threat. He can run past a defense but is also very good after the catch and does a nice job making multiple defenders miss in the open field. He's elusive in space for a big WR and is tough to bring down one on one. He has strong hands, shows off a large catch radius and has high level body control. He's a strong route runner who explodes out of his breaks and is also a highly competitive player who works very hard on and off the field.
Areas to improve: Wilson can continue to work on his top end speed and adding strength. He runs very well at the H.S level but at the college level, everyone can run. He has a very solid frame and should have no problems adding size and muscle.
Overall Analysis: Wilson really fits Stanford as a athlete and a student. Some players just seem like Stanford type kids the moment you meet them and that's Wilson. He's a high character kid and will be a great fit in the offense. The Cardinal like big receivers who can block and stretch the field when they go play action and that's Wilson's game. He's a very dependable pass catcher as well with strong hands and has all the tools to be an early impact player for Stanford.