WWS Junior Quarterback Visits Illini

The Illinois state football championships are this weekend in Memorial Stadium, and two-time state champ Wheaton Warrenville South will be back to defend its title. It has top athletes every year, and this year is no exception. Versatile Joshua Wilson will likely play all over the field Saturday. Illinois is recruiting him as a quarterback.

Joshua Wilson visited Illinois for a home game recently. He describes his visit.

"At the beginning, I walked around campus and the facilities. Then, we went to the game and talked to Coach (Jeff) Brohm and Coach (Ron) West. I also got to talk to Reilly (O'Toole), (Nathan) Scheelhaase and his dad. I thought Illinois was great, and the fans were crazy."

O'Toole quarterbacked Wheaton Warrenville South to two straight 7-A championships. The 2013 prospect looks up to the Illini freshman since that is his preferred position.

"They are recruiting me to play QB."

Right now, however, his athleticism is needed elsewhere.

"My biggest contribution is playing at whatever position they need me. I will play whatever position necessary at any point in time to get the job done in order to win another state championship."

The Tigers started the season slowly but picked up steam as the season went along.

"The season is going well. We started off rough going 1-3, but then we were able to rebound by winning every game since. I am having a pretty good year. I'm playing all over the place: QB, safety, wide receiver, outside LB and special teams."

He has excellent size and athleticism.

"I am 6'-4", 180 pounds. I have a 40 time of 4.6-4.7, a shuttle of 4.66, and a vertical of 29 inches."

He shares his attributes as a quarterback.

"I am a dual-threat who likes to throw more than run. I believe my greatest strengths are understanding defenses and exploiting them, decision-making, being mentally and physically tough, being prepared, and having confidence to compete at my best."

Of course, he wants to improve some things as well.

"My weakness is getting careless at the top of my drops, which throws my footwork off, leading to my throws sailing sometimes."

Wilson is already hearing from a number of major colleges.

"U of I, Purdue, Northwestern, Syracuse, SMU and Indiana."


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