Two at the top

Dubbed as one of the top talents in Utah, Spanish Fork's Richard Wilson (6-4, 220, 4.6) has drawn the defensive attention in the early part of his senior season that comes with the title.

"I am getting double and triple teamed a good bit," Wilson said. "It's tough to find ways to get the ball with that sort of pressure."

 

Avoiding the inevitable thick coverage the four-star would see, Spanish Fork has

started running Wilson out of a number of sets.

           

"I am getting the ball out of the h-back position a lot," he said. "Anything to get the ball into my hands will work."

           

With 19 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns, not to mention five carries for 70 yards and a score, Wilson has shown that the preseason hype thrown his way carried significant merit.

           

With football season in full swing, the recruitment process has also heated back up.

           

"I will be going to the Arizona vs. Stanford game on October 11," Wilson said. "I have talked to the coaches out there some. I have never been to a game or anything like that, but I will see what they are all about."

           

Wilson also plans to be in Salt Lake City for the BYU game against Utah on November 22.

           

"My dad graduated from Utah," Wilson said. "I grew up loving Utah, and I always rooted hard against BYU. But, obviously, things change when you go through a recruiting process like this. You really have to open yourself up."

           

Opening up to BYU, just ten minutes down the road from Wilson's home, has not been hard, especially given their early season success.

           

"Their offense is rolling and their defense is doing really well," Wilson said. "I really like them right now. Coach [Bronco] Mendenhall is a great guy. He will always shoot you straight with nothing but the truth. Guys like that are pretty easy to talk to and get along with."

           

Of course, a big selling point for coach Mendenhall has been the success of his tight end, junior Dennis Pitta.

           

Through three games, Pitta has hauled in 26 receptions for 408 yards and three touchdowns.

           

As a tight end, Pitta trails only Ball State wide out Dante Love for the nation's leading receiver.

           

"Pitta definitely makes it exciting because I could be getting the ball a lot in that kind of offense," Wilson said. "That many catches in three games is a lot."

           

Of course, while BYU is making significant headway in the four-star's book, the Tigers have not lost ground.

           

"I would say it is still LSU and BYU at the top," Wilson said. "After that it would be Stanford and Miami. I am talking with the Hurricanes every week now, but it is definitely a long way from home. Still, I want to keep all my options open."

           

In Baton Rouge, Wilson stays in touch with tight end coach [Josh] Henson, whom the Spanish Fork-native said that he has grown especially close to.

           

"I talk to coach Henson a good bit," Wilson said. "We have definitely made a great connection. We talk about what kind of player he could mold me into at LSU. He talks a lot about me being similar to [junior tight end] Richard Dickson, but he could swing me out at times like an h-back. Basically, we just have fun when we talk with each other."

 

Note: Wilson has tentative plans to make an official visit to LSU on Oct. 25 when Georgia comes to town.


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