Bloomington, Ind. – Columbus (Ind.) East's Duwyce Wilson is a bit of a rarity these days.
While most standouts at the prep level are now choosing to focus their attention on one sport with an eye toward the future, Wilson has been starring in three – football, basketball and track and field.
In track Wilson earned All-Area honors last spring while competing in the high jump, long jump and sprints. In basketball he is a starting forward on a Columbus East team that is off to a 10-4 start and has won five in a row.
But it's football where Wilson appears to have a future beyond high school. This past fall the 6-4, 185-pounder caught 48 passes for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns on a team that went 11-2 and advanced to the regional final. East lost that game in dramatic fashion, falling to Evansville Reitz 61-60 in a game where Wilson caught seven passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns.
That outcome caught plenty of people's attention – Reitz quarterback Paul McIntosh was mentioned in Sports Illustrated for his 457-yard, seven-touchdown effort – but Indiana's coaching staff had been aware of Wilson long before that result.
Columbus East Coach Bob Gaddis has been taking his team to Bloomington for IU's summer 7-on-7 camp, and IU wide receivers coach and in-state recruiter Billy Lynch has taken notice of Wilson's abilities.
"Billy watched Duwyce when he was a sophomore, so they've known about him and been in contact with him for a long time," Gaddis said.
Gaddis said Lynch recognizes the same things that others do when they watch Wilson either in person or on tape. He's a gifted athlete with the sort of size that makes him an intriguing recruit in the '09 class.
"He's a tremendous athlete who is a big, tall guy with good speed and tremendous hands," Gaddis said. "To me, he's the prototype. He's a tall wideout that demands double coverage. When I talk to coaches when they come through, they think he's the kind of guy who can stretch the field, but he's big enough and tough enough to go inside and catch the ball."
Indiana has taken notice, and had Wilson along with his high school teammate Dusty Kiel on campus earlier this month for Junior Day. The Hoosiers have yet to offer a scholarship, but they've let it be known they are very interested.
Wilson, meanwhile, appeared interested in Indiana after returning from his Junior Day trip.
"I talked to Duwyce after he came back, and he's a pretty quiet young man but he was very excited," Gaddis said. "He's been up there to ball games before, too. So I know he really likes Indiana and felt comfortable on the visit. I don't know what he's thinking as far as where he'd dream to go, but I know he's liked Indiana every time he's been there."
Gaddis said he's been contacted by most of the schools in the Big Ten about Wilson, and many of the Mid-America Conference schools have also been in touch. While scholarship offers haven't materialized yet, that figures to come soon.
It's an exciting time for Wilson, who is now realizing he'll have an opportunity to play at the next level.
"I think for any student it's great to know there might be an opportunity to not only play but get your education paid for," Gaddis said. "Duwyce is trying to make sure he's academically prepared for that. We've tried to prepare him to be able to make decisions. Even though it seems like it's a long way off, he may have to start making decisions that affect the rest of his life pretty soon."
'09 Introduction: Duwyce Wilson
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