Martez Wilson Profile
Scout.com five-star defensive end/outside linebacker Martez Wilson (6-4, 228, 4.5) said he favors Illinois and Notre Dame slightly over Michigan, Wisconsin and Tennessee. All have offered the nation's no. 2 defensive end prospect who said he has 22 offers, 19 in writing.
"I don't mind playing outside linebacker, but I'm a little more comfortable with defensive end because I play it in high school," Wilson said.
"I'm a good team player and a leader, so I pump up my team. On the field, I'm strong at tackling the quarterback. I would like to be able to get into the backfield even more and get off the ball a little quicker.
"Illinois is recruiting me as a defensive end. I am comfortable with the coaches because I can chat with them like friends. The Illinois coaches also treat all the players with the same amount of respect. I like that. I went with my coach to a spring game scrimmage and I'm hoping to go back, I just don't know when," Wilson said.
"Notre Dame is recruiting me as an outside linebacker. I also went to one of their spring games. The coaches are great and the tradition is better. They've had seven Heisman trophy winners," he said. "I also know that if I were to graduate with a degree from Notre Dame, I could make a name for myself even if I don't make it big in football. People should always have a back up.
"Michigan has a top business school for my real estate major. They have tradition too--not as good as Notre Dame, but good. Jason Avant (wide receiver) was drafted into the NFL this year from Michigan, and I think he's going to make it," Wilson said.
"Wisconsin has funny coaches--they aren't uptight. I haven't visited there yet, but my coach tells me they have a nice program. And since I want to stay in the Midwest, I have considered them.
"I like Tennessee because they rank top three in NCAA sacks. As a defensive end, I like schools with defensive players who tackle the quarterback," Wilson said.
"I want to make a decision after the season because my choice only happens once. Overall, I want coaches I can trust, a prestigious, winning team and academics with my real estate business major---and playing time," he said.
Wilson reports a 3.0 core GPA and awaits his June 10 ACT.
Martez Wilson Wants to Stay in Midwest
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