Martez Wilson: Officially Speaking

Chicago Simeon defensive end Martez Wilson spoke with Scout.com's Allen Wallace and provided an update on his recruitment. In this update, Wilson provided a top four, as well as a leader, and when he has his official visits planned. Read this update from IlliniBoard and Scout.com for the latest on where the Fighting Illini stand in the recruitment of this five-star defensive end.

Scout.com's No.2 defensive end, Martez Wilson (6-4, 228, 4.5), from Chicago Vocational High School (Ill.), said he now favors Illinois slightly over Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC.

"I play defensive end, linebacker, wide receiver and tight end. I enjoy being a linebacker the most because I can read the offense better. I have a faster take-off to tackle the running back. I also like intercepting passes," Wilson said.

"I've narrowed it down to just four schools. My coach said I can't take any official visits during the middle of our season. I had an official planned for Illinois, but I have to reschedule it for late in the season. I don't need to take an official to Illinois because I've been there five or six times, but I want to. The edge for Illinois is the coaching staff because I know them better than the other schools' coaches from spending so much time with them. They are real and down-to-earth. I would play a little bit of both defensive end and outside linebacker if I went to Illinois. Distance doesn't matter to me, but the fact that it's in-state, only an hour and a half away, is an advantage. They need help on defense and it's an up-and-coming program, so I think I could bring a lot to the team.

"Notre Dame is also only an hour and a half away. I would be able to play just as a linebacker there, and I would have an early starting spot. My official visit is scheduled for December 1. I love their tradition--177 All-Americans and seven Heisman Trophy winners. It's a good football program every year. The graduation rate is also 99 percent for athletes. The coaches are alright," he said.

"I'll be visiting Ohio State officially on December 8. They have a real good linebacker coach who projects at least two linebackers as first-rounders in the NFL draft every year. I'd have a chance to play early there as both a defensive end and linebacker.

"USC has been winning a lot of national championships. It's a solid program. They project a lot of guys to the NFL, too. The location isn't a factor to me. I haven't been to California yet, but I'm going to USC's home game against Notre Dame (official visit) in late November," Wilson said.


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