Michigan made it all the way down to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School of Nova South Wednesday afternoon to check-in on 2014 defensive back, Quincy Wilson. At 6-2, 200-pounds, Wilson is an imposing figure in the defensive backfield, learning from his father Chad Wilson who played cornerback at Miami (Fla.) and eventually for the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.
Already holding scholarship offers from the likes of Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, the Wolverines added their name to the list, extending an offer to Wilson later that afternoon.
“He was excited like any other kid,” Wilson’s coach Roger Harriott told GoBlueWolverine. “The University of Michigan is football, that’s what it says on the cards (they handed out). It says, ‘we are college football,’ and that’s true. The University of Michigan epitomizes what college football is really all about from the crowd to the spirit of the game. He’s excited.”
Meeting for the first time, Michigan assistant Jeff Hecklinski had plenty to learn and discuss with coach Harriott about Wilson’s exploits on the field. But Hecklinski also left a favorable impression referring to what the Wolverines are about off the field as well.
“I think he does a great job representing the University of Michigan,” said Harriott. “He’s easy to talk to, just seems like a positive role model. He had some really insightful things to say.
“We talked about social media and how we need to continue educating kids on the importance of conducting themselves in a professional manner. We’re a college preparatory high school and he definitely made me feel comfortable with the fact that Michigan and the University School, would be a great partnership with regards to sending kids to the next level.”
On the field, Wilson does it all for University, seeing time at cornerback, safety, wide receiver, and even quarterback. As his head coach put it, “he has a good problem” with so many schools interested and intrigued by his ability.
“Prototypical style defensive back, very long with a lot of range and a ton of speed,” said Harriott. “I think the most impressive thing about Quincy that they are interested in is his intangibles -- strong character, good student, and he has a nice pedigree.
“He’s 6-2, 200-pounds, runs a 4.4, 40-yard dash,” said Harriott. “He’s a track guy. He can run between a 49 and 50 second 400-meter dash. He has professional agility and changes direction really well. He’s what college coaches would call a, ‘preacher.’ A ‘pretty preacher.’ That’s what they say when they are at a loss for words, they say, ‘pretty.’”
Though Michigan isn’t exactly right around the corner from Wilson, Harriott insists being a long way from home in college won’t be an issue. Wilson has already taken several visits out of state including a trip last year all the way at Ohio State.
Hecklinski didn’t get into detail about where exactly the Wolverines envision Wilson lining up in their defense but his coach believes his playmaking defensive back has a preference.
“I think he loves cornerback,” he said. “Just because that’s where he’s been working for so long. And that’s what his dad played. He’s played safety though.”
A recruitment that is sure to last into the fall with official visits coming into play, Wilson has criteria for his eventual destination, and Michigan did a positive job of representing each on Wednesday.
“I think he wants to make sure he finds himself an environment where he feels comfortable in and he surrounds himself with individuals and coaches that are family oriented,” said Harriott. “He’s interested in the academic structure of the school as well, to make sure it has a strong academic reputation.”