Kansas commitment makes switch

The Colorado Buffaloes had long held a spot close to the heart of Washington (D.C.) Woodson defensive end De'Jon Wilson. So when Kansas head coach Turner Gill was let go Sunday, it didn't take long for him to decide to make the switch from Jayhawk to Buffalo.

De'Jon Wilson is proof of how quickly things can change in recruiting.

In August, without ever setting foot on the campus of the University of Kansas, the three-star defensive end from Washington (D.C.) Woodson High committed to the Jayhawks, citing strong bonds with lead recruiter Reggie Mitchell and Head Coach Turner Gill.

But other schools never stopped calling, as Wilson continued to produce on the field. His offer list grew, eventually including the likes of Colorado, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, and interest from additional programs continued to flow his way.

Sunday, when Kansas fired Gill less than 24-hours after a season-ending loss to Missouri - a loss which capped a 10-game losing streak - it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. On Monday, he opted to become a Colorado Buffalo.

"I'd already developed a bond with Coach Turner Gill and his coaching staff," Wilson explained. "It was going to be kind of awkward (to get comfortable with a new staff). Colorado was already my second team."

The Buffaloes offered Wilson in September, and he immediately hit it off with defensive line coach Kanavis McGhee, himself a former star in Boulder, Colo.

"We kind of connected," Wilson said. "He heard some things about me and came down."

McGhee made clear the Buffaloes needed him at defensive end, and in the months that followed he also had the chance to get to know Colorado head coach Jon Embree.

"Basically, everything just fell in place for Colorado," Wilson said.

The athletic defensive end will visit the Boulder campus officially this weekend. For him, the recruiting process appears to be finished, as he put his status in terms both firm and simple:

"I'm committed to Colorado."

Scout Eval - Wilson is a stout player who can be versatile in college. He could wind up at a number of spots. He looks like a current college middle backer, but could fill the hybrid DE/OLB role well in college. He runs well and gets after the ball.


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