Signing on the dotted line for any high school athlete is a dream come true and Martez Wilson of Chicago (IL) Simeon is no different. He's ranked as the nation's 2nd best defensive end. Funny thing - I mentioned that to Wilson and his response was as genuine as they come. "I'm very lucky to be where I am and to be signing with Illinois. Most guys I've talked to or seen play have been varsity players since their freshman or sophomore years, but I've only been up there my junior and senior year. Going to the combines, I really showed people what I can do," said Wilson.
On signing day Wilson, as well as other public league players, will sign together. "I will sign with the other players when they do. I'm really excited about it, and then on June 12th I get to start football with Illinois," he added.
Wilson didn't hesitate to talk about his future teammates. "I'm glad and I think all the guys who said they were coming are going to follow through. I wasn't really shocked when Robert Hughes committed to Notre Dame; he did what was best for him and I can respect that. Just like I did what was best for me."
Scout.com player evaluation: Wilson is cat-quick off the line and has very good quickness of the edge. He can speed rush right by you or use his natural power. Wilson can get after the quarterback and stop the run. He's terrific in pursuit because he has a wealth of speed and he also moves well down the line of scrimmage. Wilson has the frame to add a lot of weight. He needs to use his hands more and learn technique but that should come in time at the next level.
Wilson will be a full qualifier at Illinois. More information on Zook's class as signing day nears.