Wilson on hand for big weekend at LSU

LSU entertained some of the top prospects in the country last weekend on official visits and Calvin Wilson of Hattiesburg, Miss. was one of the stars on hand for that huge recruiting gala.

Last week, the 6-5, 320-pound offensive tackle said he was really looking forward to his trip to Baton Rouge. Did everything go as well as he expected?

"It went real good," Wilson told Tiger Rag. "I enjoyed myself a lot. I loved everything from hanging with the players to seeing everything on campus."

Wilson's host for the weekend was Brian Johnson and they got the weekend started early Friday evening.

"Coach Muschamp came and met me and my mom at the hotel around 5 p.m. and he showed us the campus," Wilson said. "After that we went and ate at the alumni center. That night we just hung out with Skyler (Green), Dwayne Bowe and some of the other guys. They showed us around the town and stuff like that."

Recruiting trips usually don't involve much sleep or rest and that was the case for Wilson and the other prospects on this trip.

"Saturday we got up early and ate breakfast with everybody," he said. "Then we toured everything on campus that relates to football like the stadium, weight room, academic center and the training areas. They have some nice facilities over there. After that we ate lunch with some professors."

Will Muschamp is the coach primarily responsible for recruiting Wilson and later in the day he spent some time with the Tigers' defensive coordinator and a couple of other key coaches.

"Coach Moffitt, the strength and conditioning coach, told me about the workouts and then coach Saban met with me," Wilson said. "He said I was a good player and he would love for me to play for him but to take my time in making a decision."

LSU offensive line coach Stacy Searles is going to be making an in-home visit to Wilson on Thursday so the two can have a chance to get to know each other better but the big in-home visit will come in January when Saban and Muschamp travel to Hattiesburg to meet with the standout lineman and the rest of the family.

As for the visit, when asked what he would rate the trip on a scale of 1 to 10, he replied, "Eight and a half. It met all of my expectations but I'm kind of tough to impress."

Did the visit help LSU's cause?

"Yes," he said. "LSU was already up there but this opened my eyes up to what they really have to offer."

Wilson has three other visits set up to Auburn (12/17), Mississippi State (1/14) and Ole Miss (1/21). He plans to schedule his fifth and final trip to Florida but he has not set a date yet.

With one visit in the books and four to go is he ready to name a leader?

"No," he said. "I'll do that after I take all of my visits."

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