Signee Spotlight: Dillon Wilson
"Signing day was great," said Dillon Wilson. "Dallas was crazy. We missed four days of school this week because of ice and snow, so the pep rally they had planned was delayed until Monday (2/7)."
After the Kansas State offer and subsequent commitment, Wilson received offers from Colorado State and Boise State. Wilson never wavered and held true to his commitment.
"I faxed the papers at 7 A.M.," Wilson said of his signing day. "Coach Bill Snyder and Sean Snyder, who will be my coach on special teams, are excited that I was a Wildcat. I promised Coach (Bill) Snyder, that when I come all of my kickoffs are going in the endzone and I don't break my promises. He said that will give us a big advantage."
Wilson was in Manhattan the weekend of January 21st on his official visit where he was able to bond with his future teammates.
"It really gave me a chance to connect with the guys I'll be playing with and see what it will be like to be a Kansas State student/athlete," Wilson said. "It was probably the best weekend of my whole life. There were about 20 recruits there and 14 of them signed with K-State, so it was about three-fourths of the class I had a chance to meet.
"Marquel Bryant goes to Skyline and lives about 20 minutes away from me, but we had never met. I hung out with Daniel Sams and Sam Harvill, who I think I'll be roomates with.
"It was special get to talk to the coaches. I had been to games and talked to them, but they were busy trying to prepare. It was cool to have all of them there to talk to and get to know better. My player-host was Ryan Doerr, a great guy who I liked a lot. He's going to be my holder, so it's important to form a bond with him."
At Midlothian, Wilson went six-for-eight on field goals with a long for 44 yards and seven touchbacks on 26 kickoffs.
"The season went super," said Wilson. "After committing during the summer I used this season as a way of preparing for college. I think I improved on my all-around game as a kicker. We went 5-5 which was good considering we went 1-9 last year. It's a tough region, but we're building and getting better."
Wilson graduates from Midlothian on June 5th and plans to leave for Manhattan the next day. He's ready to make an impact right off the bat.
"The coaches and I have never talked about redshirting," said Wilson. "I'm going in to compete. The only other kicker on the roster is Anthony Cantele, who's a good kicker, but my focus going in is on earning the starting job."
After the letter of intent is faxed, the recruiting ends and there's no looking back for players. Wilson comes to K-State confident in his decision.
"When I first started being recruited by Kansas State I head so much about the emphasis on the family atmosphere," said Wilson, "but now I've had the chance to experience it and see it with my own eyes. I know this is the place I'm supposed to be, and I'm excited to be a Wildcat."
Wilson and teammate Eric Agbaraji, who signed with Boise State, will meet with the local media at 2 P.M. on February 7th at their high school to formally announce their college choices. It will be accompanied by a school pep rally for the two players.
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