Bloomington – There's been a lot of weight lifted off Duwyce Wilson's mind…and a little bit off his back as well.
The reason for having a lot on his mind is obvious – the 6-3, 185-pound wideout from Columbus (Ind.) East H.S. had big-time offers and opportunities at schools like Wisconsin, Iowa, Purdue, Kentucky and Cincinnati. But he brought an end to the phone calls and the speculation Thursday when he announced he'll play his college football at IU.
In getting the weight of the decision off his mind, though, he ended up with about 175 pounds on his back.
That came courtesy IU wide receivers coach Billy Lynch, Wilson's primary recruiter. Wilson came to Bloomington as planned on Thursday to meet with the Hoosier staff. But unbeknownst to anyone else, he planned to commit during his visit to Memorial Stadium.
When he announced his intentions to sign with IU next February, Lynch couldn't contain his excitement.
"When I told Billy, he jumped on me he was so happy for me," Wilson said.
Lynch was certainly happy for his future player, but also excited for himself and the IU program. Wilson is Scout.com's 50th-ranked wide receiver nationally and clearly one of the elite in-state players in the 2009 class. He combines 4.44 speed in the 40 with a 34-inch vertical jump, attributes that helped him catch 48 passes for 961 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.
He was a player that Lynch targeted early and the two built a bond that was too much for any of the other programs to overcome.
"Throughout this whole recruiting process, he's been like a big brother," Wilson said. "He's said if I need to talk to him about anything, he's there for me. Even if I didn't commit there, he said he'd still be there to talk to me. He's positive with everything he says."
That approach paid off with Wilson, who became the ninth member of a 2009 recruiting class that is shaping up as one of the best in recent memory. Wilson is well aware of the early success the Hoosiers have had on the recruiting front, and he thinks it bodes well for the continued progress and success of the program.
"I believe if we can get the best in-state players to go to IU, I think we can turn it around and start competing for a Big Ten championship," Wilson said.
While Lynch and the team's recent recruiting success were big draws for Wilson, so was the proximity to his Columbus home. Instead of forcing family to drive a great distance to see him play in college, they'll be able to make the trip from Columbus in less than an hour to see him play at Memorial Stadium.
"I've been going to Bloomington and it's only 45 minutes away, right there," Wilson said. "It just seemed perfect for me."
Indiana wound up being the perfect choice for a lot of reasons, but it was still tough for Wilson to say no to plenty of other coaches and programs that he developed strong relationships with during the last couple of months.
"I do want to thank all the other schools that offered me," Wilson said.
Now Wilson is glad to have the announcement behind him so he can turn his attention back to the football field and enjoying his senior season before embarking on his college career.
"It is definitely a relief," Wilson said. "I want to focus on my high school season now and trying to win a state championship."
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