"He has got a top three schools right now, Michigan Notre Dame, and Penn State," reported Buchtel head coach, Ricky Powers. "Those are the three schools he is going to visit. He is actually going to Penn State on Friday (i.e. today) and then he is going to Notre Dame on the 10th."
Michigan wasn't omitted from the trip plan. A visit to Ann Arbor wasn't mentioned because one already took place.
"He went (to Michigan) on Monday," said Powers. "Man, he loved it. Actually my son went with him. They're really good friends. They came back with some great stories. Michigan really did a great job."
That the Wolverines have risen in prominence is a welcomed sight for Powers, who was himself a standout running back at Michigan in the early 90's. That said, he has made it point to not push his affinity for the Maize & Blue onto his star pupil.
"I have no idea (which college Wilson will choose) and I won't even ask him," Powers stated matter-of-factly. "I tell him, ‘it's totally up you. I'm not going to coerce you to go anywhere. It's got to be the best fit for you and I'll stay out the way.' The only thing he can ask me for is advice."
Much of that advice has dealt with the criteria that Wilson should use to make his choice.
"Every coach I've talked to has said he is number one on their board and that he is a guy they think can come in and make an impact right away," said Powers. "The three schools that he is going to visit all told him the same thing. I think what it boils down to is how are the academics… and he can't go wrong with any of them…. and then how is life away from the football field going to be? There are going to be some differences in all three schools. He has just got to find the one that is going to fit him best."
"He can't go wrong with either choice. You know I'm a Michigan guy, so I think if he goes on all three campuses he'll know exactly where to go (laughter). I'm not going to say where, but we'll see."
All kidding aside, Powers will continue to support Wilson's choices instead of influencing them. There's only one aspect of the talented youngster's recruitment on which the Buchtel headman hopes to use his powers of persuasion.
"The only thing I told him that I would like for him to do is to make a decision before the season starts," said Powers, "and the sooner the better. Because he is leaving school early so he has got to get prepared for that anyway and the best thing for him is to have all of that stuff out of his head because he is getting recruited like crazy. It's a frenzy around here."