Michigan experienced a bit of late recruiting success in Alabama with a sight-unseen signing-day commitment from Keith Washington. Now the Wolverines are hoping to build on that effort in its 2016 class, and one of its latest targets is the state’s top prospect Lyndell Wilson.
The 6-3, 225 lb. linebacker a disruptive force for Montgomery (Ala.) Carver, as evidenced by his ability to make plays on every level of the defense.
“I’m hard hitter, a cover guy, and a leader on the defense,” said Wilson. “People compare me to C.J. Mosely. I had 84 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions two touchdowns, five forced fumbles.”
There hasn’t been any shortage of programs willing to offer scholarships… he has 25 to date… but Michigan’s recent addition to the list caught him completely by surprise.
“It came out of the blue,” Wilson stated. “I didn’t know nothing about (the offer) until the coach hit me up. That’s how I found out. He said that they (had offered a long time ago), but I didn’t know nothing about it until then.”
“It was Coach Wheatley that I talked to. I think he is a good coach. We were on the phone for a while. He said he wanted to talk to the defensive coordinator the next day, but I didn’t have the chance to get back with him because I was camping this past weekend.”
Wilson plans to reconnect with the Maize & Blue in the coming days. With the offer part taken care of, the task of relationship building can get underway. The Wolverines clearly have a lot of work to do.
“I don’t know too much about them,” said Wilson. “I just know that Trey Burke played for them.”
Fortunately for Michigan Wilson’s plan is to give all of his suitors ample opportunity to woo him.
“No team is sticking out,” he said. I’m just taking everything in. I’m going to wait until signing day.”
Most recruiting pundits believe that the field is chasing childhood favorite Alabama in this race, but Wilson insists his decision will be based on much more than boyhood affinity.
“It will come down to academics, bonding between coaches and players, and playing time,” he stated.
Another factor will likely be the collegiate destination of former teammate Marlon Davidson. The four-star defensive end prospect boasts a list as impressive as Wilson’s… one that also includes Michigan… and the two talented youngsters hope to attend the same school.
“We talk about it almost every day,” said Wilson. “He had to transfer back to Greenville because of the death of his mother.”
“But there is a strong chance (they attend the same school). We bonded very well and we’re really tight.”