When you are on the outside looking in you don't know what goes on behind the scenes of a commitment. You know things like the prospect's ranking, his forty speed and his height and weight. But a commitment is more than just those things. It's a life-changing event for all of those involved in it, from the prospect himself, to his family and also the coaches involved in the event.
"My grandfather has been a State fan forever," said Wilson with a grin on his face. "He knew they were recruiting me but I don't think he knew how serious they were about me. He was probably the second person that I called after I committed. I called my mom first. The pervious week (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen had talked to my mom for about an hour or so. My mom had been pushing me to go anywhere I wanted to go so that I could get an education."
Mississippi State, thanks to their coaches prompt actions, wound up being that college.
"Mississippi State was the first college to send me my first letter and they were the first team to offer me (a scholarship)," said Wilson. "And I have a closer relationship with their coaching staff."
Being first in just about everything with Wilson impressed the youngster.
"I had been debating committing to Mississippi State for a long time," said Wilson, who ran a 4.49 second forty-yard dash and a 6.7 second L-cone drill at the Steve Robertson Southeast Select Combine.
He finally made his decision when Mississippi State assistant coach Scott Sallach, his recruiting coach for MSU, called one afternoon and talked to Tupelo High School head football coach Trent Hammond.
"I was watching film and Coach Sallach called Coach Hammond," said Wilson. "Coach Hammond came and got me out of the film room. We then sat down and talked for about 35 to 45 minutes (about the significance of making a commitment). Then, Coach Hammond called Coach Mullen and I talked to Coach Mullen and told him that I wanted to be a Bulldog."
Because it was such an exciting moment for both Wilson and Coach Mullen, the significance of the event didn't hit Wilson until a few minutes later.
"Doing that at first felt sort of surreal and it didn't sink in until about 10 minutes when I was walking down the hall," said Wilson, who couldn't hold back a big grin while saying those words.
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