Jefferson – Tampa, FL
For a brief period of time after committing to Georgia in January, Ramik Wilson wanted to keep matters private.
Why? He had a visit set up to Southern California the following weekend, and Trojans’ coach Lane Kiffin promised to take Wilson to a Lakers’ game.
“I want to see Kobe (Bryant),” Wilson said.
About 15 minutes later, Wilson changed his mind.
“You know, go ahead and break the story. I’m ready for all this to be over,” he professed.
So the trip to Tinsel Town was cancelled. And the Lakers game was nixed. Somebody needs to tell Wilson: Kobe and the Lakers come to Atlanta—a short drive from Athens – once a season. Wilson will have a few years to make up for the missed chance this winter.
HONORS: SuperPrep All-Dixie team… Scout.com three-star recruit and #27-rated outside linebacker in the country… ESPN.com four-star recruit and #11 linebacker in the nation
STATS: Wilson was a three-way starter at Jefferson – inside linebacker on defense, a tight end on offense and served as the team’s punter. As a senior, he recorded 90 tackles, 18 sacks and six forced fumbles. He also caught 19 passes for 258 yards and five touchdowns at tight end. As a junior, he recorded 92 tackles, nine sacks and two interceptions. He also recorded twenty catches for 310 yards as a tight end.
CHAD SIMMONS ON WILSON: “Wilson is an athletic linebacker with college-like size on the high school level. He can be a terror off the edge and can plug the gaps in the middle against the run. Wilson makes his reads, but could play a little more instinctive. He is only going to get stronger and bigger and that makes him a perfect fit for inside linebacker in college. He is best when playing downhill, and he delivers pop when making a tackle.”
LEGGE’S FINAL WORD: Wilson is a little bit of a hybrid linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4. Wilson is athletic and could end up playing both middle and outside linebacker at the start of his career. The Bulldogs have recruited the Tampa area well over the last few years, and it is starting to pay off in big ways – Wilson is a good example of the inroads made in West Florida.