At 6-4 228, pounds, Chicago Simeon athlete Martez Wilson was one of the most physically imposing prospects on the Ohio State practice fields last Friday. His size is more indicative of a speed rushing defensive end, which is why it was so surprising to see him perform so well in the one-on-one drills as a wide receiver.
"I played wide receiver because all of the college coaches know I play defensive end and outside backer," Wilson explained "I wanted to show them I could play wide receiver too. I don't know right now if I'll play both in college, but I'll play both if can."
Wilson demonstrated the abilities that allowed him to reel in 14 receptions for 300 yards and five touchdowns last season, showing good hands and deceptive speed. The opportunity to showcase his offensive skills on the collegiate level continues to be one the factors the two-way star takes into account as he considers schools on his lengthy list. Michigan is among the programs that have appeared open to the possibility, which only furthered the interest that began to build after receiving an offer from the Maize and Blue just a few weeks ago.
"It was great," Wilson said regarding the receiving an offer from the Wolverines. "Michigan is a great program. I know (former Chicago Carver star) Jason Avant went there. My coach that coaches me now coached Jason Avant. He told me that he was a great player. I didn't see him play in high school but I saw him play on TV at Michigan so I know he was good. I like Michigan a lot."
Another school Wilson has a high degree of interest in is the University of Miami. The Hurricanes were Wilson's favorite team as a child and he still hopes for the chance to take a look at the campus first hand. A youngster that shared that boyhood affinity for Larry Coker's squad during his own formative years was Chicago Hubbard's Robert Hughes. The two players have become fast friends and have spent time talking to one another about the recruiting process. During those conversations both Windy City standouts expressed a desire to see what all the schools had to offer before making their choices.
"We've been knowing each other for a minute now," Wilson said of he and Hughes. "We're talking about going to school together. He likes Miami too. That was his dream school growing up. But even if they were to offer, we'd still go through the whole process. Just because they've offered doesn't mean we're going to be able to go down there and play. We realized once we got in the recruiting process that it's a learning experience. Every school is our favorite right now."
For now both players remain wide open and will take a closer look at a number of their suitors. They traveled to the Nike camp together last Friday and haven't ruled out taking future trips as a duo.
"He has actually visited Michigan before," Wilson said. "I haven't gone there yet. I told him we might go down there together. I'm not sure I'm going to camp anywhere right now because I got invited to so many. I'll decide which ones before June."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Wilson in the coming weeks.