Commitment Spotlight: Dillon Wilson

Dillon Wilson, of Midlothian High School in Ellis County and part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, decided after eight or nine visits during the summer he had seen enough. Manhattan, KS was the place for him for the next four years. A big reason for the commitment was the chance to work with Sean Snyder, former Kansas State All-American and special teams coordinator.

"At the Kansas State camp Coach (Bill Snyder) and Sean Snyder saw the potential in me to do great things," said Dillon Wilson. "They said they were going to do something they had never done before, to extend an offer on the spot which I accepted. My Dad's a longtime Longhorn fan and is the process of changing his wardrobe."

After a solid junior year which saw Wilson go 7-for 7 on field goal attempts at Midlothian, he decided to carve out a plan for summer visits with his father, kicking coach Scott Blanton, and new head coach Lee Wiginton.

"I went to Texas Tech, Baylor, Boise State, Kansas, UTEP, TCU, Texas A&M, and Kansas State," Wilson said of his summer tour of campuses. "Most of the schools just said 'let's keep in touch'. When I committed to K-State I got five emails the next day saying 'I thought you were waiting on us?'.

"I fell in love with the Kansas State program, the interaction between players and coaches, the chance to play for Bill Snyder, and the opportunity to work with a special teams coach like Sean Snyder who I know will be there to help guide me and get the best out of me."

During Wilson's junior season he showed consistency making all seven field goal attempts with a season long of 47 yards. During the summer, however, he seems to have reached a new plateau.

"On my kickoffs I've been hitting them about 75 yards consistently," said Wilson, "about five yards deep in the endzone at the college level. At the UTEP camp, I had a long field goal of 60 yards."

Wilson, 6-0, 175, was named All-District honorable mention in '09 and special teams player of the year for his team, the Midlothian Panthers. Midlothian brings in a new coach after a 1-9 year and moves up from 4A to 5A which will pit them against some of the toughest teams in the state of Texas.

"The new coach, Lee Wiginton, is amazing," said Wilson. "He brings tremendous leadership to our team. I'm excited to have the chance to play against some of the big dogs in the state, like Cedar Hill.

"My personal goals are to work with my kicking coach on getting stronger. Hopefully, I'll make All-District, All-Conference, All-State. I'm going to approach my senior year with the long goal in mind and prepare myself for the next level."

A three-year letterman in wrestling, Wilson is also very active in the FCA, leadership programs, as well as his church. His father is the pastor at his church, The Oaks in Dallas.

"My Dad is a pastor and author," Wilson said. "He was very high on the leadership program at Kansas State. I'd like to study Business or Communications with a leadership minor and also become a pastor."

Academically, Wilson has a 3.83 GPA and is ranked No. 65 in a graduating class of 576.

"I wanted to try to graduate early, but with the with the way Texas high school is that will be impossible," said Wilson. "My goal is to come in and start as a freshman. I spoke on the phone with Sean Snyder for about 30-45 minutes the other night and that's what we talked about. I'll be the only kicker on scholarship as Josh Cherry is a senior this year."

Midlothian High School will start their 2010 season against Grapevine on August 27th.

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