The UM coaches will be back in town this year, recruiting offensive lineman Ronnie Wilson Jr. At 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, Wilson will be entering his third season as a varsity starter.
"My freshman year I started both ways for the JV team," Wilson said. "I was about 6-1, 300 back then. I've been starting on offense ever since."
Becoming the leader of last year's unit couldn't have been easy after losing teammates Bain and Wimbs to graduation. Wilson did an excellent job of it.
"I picked up right where they left off," he said. "I'm a leader out there. I was a first team All-County pick and I was second team All-State. This year, everyone seems real focused."
Wilson, who has been invited to the April 4 NIKE Camp at UM, recently participated in the NIKE Combine at UM. He tested fairly well, posting a 27-inch vertical jump, a 5.4/40 time, and he did 19 reps on the 185-pound bench press.
"I can't wait for the camp because it'll be more competitive," he said. "I love good competition. Last year, I got to play against guys like (Vladimir Richard) from Piper, Pat Sims from Dillard, (Emmanuel) Dunbar, all those cats. I put them all on their backs. I just do whatever it takes. I hate giving up even a single tackle. That means I didn't do my job. I want to win every single play."
The talented offensive lineman has been getting lots of interest from college programs from around the country.
"I'm getting a lot of mail and stuff from Florida, Miami, LSU, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, schools like that," he said. "Rutgers is the only school that has offered me for now. I'm thinking a lot more will do that in May when they come around to look at all of us."
Wilson talked about some of his early favorites in the recruiting process.
"My top schools are Florida, UM, Pittsburgh, and Florida State," he said. "I'm really focused on academics. I'm going into Physical Therapy and Florida's got a great program for that. Miami's got a good medical school as well but it's mostly nursing and doctors. They both have great football programs. Look at how many guys UM puts into the league and plus, one of those (Ely) guys, Teraz McCray, is my cousin. He just tells me how nice it is and everything."
Wilson is a full academic qualifier.
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