Wilson Talks About Hoosiers

Bloomington – After a big week of commitments, IU has its sights set on one of the biggest names on its recruiting wish list - Duwyce Wilson. Wilson talks about the IU program, when he'll decide, and what the biggest factors will be in his decision...

Bloomington – After a big week of commitments, IU has its sights set on one of the biggest names on its recruiting wish list.

There are plenty of players that Coach Bill Lynch's staff covets for the '09 class, but there aren't many that are any bigger and more important than 6-3, 191-pound wide receiver Duwyce Wilson. The Columbus (Ind.) East H.S standout caught 48 passes for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior and is Scout.com's 50th-ranked wideout nationally.

He's been a focal point of the recruiting efforts of IU wide receivers coach Billy Lynch for months, and Wilson is aware of his standing in the eyes of the IU staff.

"(Lynch) has made a big impression on me – he's like a big brother," Wilson said. "We talk a lot and have developed a really good relationship. He's recruiting me harder than anyone else."

Lynch's efforts are about not only adding an elite wide receiver to his stable of players, but also about keeping one of the state's best players from heading somewhere else for college.

"He always tells me the best in-state players need to stay in-state," Wilson said. "He really looks at it that way."

Keeping Wilson in-state is very much a possibility, but IU will have to out-duel plenty of big-name programs to make it happen. Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue and Cincinnati are among the BCS schools that had already offered scholarships, and he recently added an offer from Kentucky as well.

All of those programs are battling for a difference-making wide receiver, according to his prep coach.

"He's a tremendous athlete who is a big, tall guy with good speed and tremendous hands," Columbus East Coach Bob 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."

Wilson showed off those skills earlier this month at IU's 7-on-7 passing camp, one of only a couple of camps he's attended this spring. While many prep players make the rounds traveling to college campuses for their one-day senior camps, Wilson has limited his trips to Scout's Cincinnati combine along with 7-on-7 events at IU, Center Grove H.S. and Pike H.S.

But that hasn't hurt his standing in the eyes of recruiters. He was one of the standouts at Scout.com's Combine, running a 4.44 in the 40 and posting a 34-inch vertical jump as well.

While he says he hasn't narrowed his list yet, a decision could come before too long. He said his preference would be to make a decision before his senior season, potentially in late July. When that time comes, he has a couple of things that he thinks will weigh heavily on his mind.

"One is probably location, another is my relationship with the coaches, and third is the academic programs at the school," Wilson said. "That's probably my top three."

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