Searels was successful at landing Hornets running back Richard Murphy and now he is after one of his teammates DeMontrel Wilson.
Wilson is a 6-4, 305-pounder who has been clocked several times in the high 4.9's in the 40-yard dash. He spends a lot of his spare time in the weight room and sports a 325-pound bench and squats over 400.
Since his freshman year, Wilson has started at defensive tackle but when Hornets head coach Bo Barton needed him to step in and play left tackle with four games left in the 2006 campaign he never hesitated.
"He always played defense for us but we had to have somebody step up on the other side of the line due to injuries," said Barton. "Now, he did so well that we don't know what we are going to do this year."
The move has already paid big dividends for Wilson as Oklahoma and Ole Miss recently extended scholarship offers.
What was it that prompted the Sooners and Rebels to offer?
"He has real long arms, quickness and the feet you need in a left tackle," said Barton. "He carries 305 pounds real well. He has such broad shoulders and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up close to 350 pounds after a few years lifting in college."
Wilson may be inexperienced at playing offensive tackle but if his coach's observation turns out to be true then he will have a bright future once he moves on.
"I think he is going to be a left tackle in college because of his 40-time," said Barton. "He runs well and a lot of colleges are placing more of an emphasis on their tackles being able to pull and beingquick enough to block those speed rushing ends. That is where I see him being an impact player in college and the next level after that."
Barton and Wilson will be traveling down to LSU this weekend for junior day and Barton said he would not be surprised if LSU offered.
If that does happen is there a chance the Tigers could pick up his pledge?
"I wouldn't think he would commit then but he will most likely commit to someone by the summer," Barton said. "We don't like to drag out this recruiting process because it's important for the kids to be able to concentrate on their senior year."
While Wilson will likely take some time to consider all of his options it may be hard for someone to convince him to leave the state.
"If LSU offers it is going to be hard for him to say no," Barton said. "I know he went to Ole Miss this past weekend and he has family in Oklahoma but LSU will be hard for him to pass on."
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