The football season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for McKees Rock, PA RB/LB Christian Wilson. The versatile youngster has been dominant on both sides of the ball en route to helping his team march through its first few opponents unscathed.
“It’s going all right,” Wilson said regarding his season. “We’re 2-0 right now. I have like 380/390 yards rushing and 29 tackles.”
As happy as Wilson is about the way things are going for his current team, he has been disappointed with the fortunes of his future one. The Michigan Wolverines are off to a well-publicized 0-2 start, and Wilson was on hand for the second of those two losses. The mood after the contest was understandably sullen, but Wilson refuses to fall victim to the doom and gloom.
“After the game I just went back to the hotel and went to sleep,” Wilson recalled. “It’s okay. It happens. I think I can come in and help next year. They’re losing now, but everything is going to be all right. They lose two games and everyone makes it seem like they are the worst football team on earth. I’m not going to worry about it. They’ll be fine.”
For Wilson that “everyone” consists of friends and rival coaches that have eaten up a lot his cell phone minutes and text message allotment lately.
“Oh yeah, my friends give it to me all the time,” he said. “Other schools have been saying things too like, ‘see how they’re losing,” and “Coach Carr is going to leave.’”
Despite the naysayers, Wilson has shown a steely resolve. He is still intent on becoming a Wolverine in 2008.
“I’ve already made my commitment and I’m going to keep it,” he said. “I’m not going to back out on something I’ve already committed to. If the coach leaves, I’m going to wait to see who comes in. I don’t think it’s going to be a huge factor. If the whole staff left then that would be hurtful, but it’ll be fine.”
“We all feel the same way,” Wilson said. “They like the team, but they also like it because of the area and the people that are there. They weren’t really worrying much about the losing. It’s more about the people. The coaches are definitely important…but the people you’re around…that’s really important too.”