During his five-year tenure at Mississippi State, he has been the Administrative Assistant to Coach Sherrill, Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator and Coordinator of Football Operations.
A man with great organization and communication skills, Coach Wilson, when first hired, immediately began working on organizing Mississippi State's recruiting efforts.
The dividends were almost immediate.
In 1998, Mississippi State inked three players from The Clarion-Ledger's ten most wanted list and that class was ranked as high as 12th in the nation.
That was just the tip of the iceberg.
The 1999 class was even better. In fact, it is considered the best class signed by Coach Sherrill since he came to Mississippi State. Mississippi State signed 6 of the top 11 junior college players in the state of Mississippi and 6 of The Clarion-Ledger's top 10 players in Mississippi. Mississippi State dominated the state of Mississippi that year.
In 2000, 10 members of that recruiting class earned USA Today honorable mention All-America honors. Five players on The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen team signed with Mississippi State. Once again Mississippi State dominated the state of Mississippi in recruiting.
Year 2001 was also another standout recruiting class, with five of Mississippi State's junior college signees earning All-America honors and four of the high school players earning USA Today honorable mention All-American honors.
This year's class is also shaping to be one of the best in Mississippi State history, with five of The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen players already committed to Mississippi. Mississippi State also has two of The Sporting News' top 25 players committed. Once again, Mississippi State appears to be dominating the state of Mississippi in recruiting.
Also during his tenure Mississippi State has seen successes on the field due to the recruiting successes, winning 36 games (over 7 wins per season), winning an SEC Western Division Championship, and participating in three bowl games (winning two).
Mississippi State obviously has benefited greatly from the efforts of Coach Wilson and he will be missed.
However, Coach Wilson has left in place an outstanding recruiting organization that Mississippi State will benefit from for years to come.
A measure of a coach's worth is the position he leaves an organization when he moves on. David Wilson is leaving Mississippi State football, especially the recruiting organization, much better off than when he first joined the Mississippi State family. Plus, he has help instill in each Mississippi State fan that Mississippi State doesn't have to take a back seat to any school, no matter who the school may be.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention these last two things, because, knowing Coach Wilson, I'm sure he would bring them up.
I'm sure he would say to all the players that Mississippi State is recruiting Mississippi State is the place for them. Just because he is going elsewhere does not change that fact. Mississippi State is the best choice for each youngster and I'm sure he would be the first person to say that.
I also feel that Coach Wilson, a man of great integrity, would also say that he will not recruit any player that Mississippi State is recruiting. That would not be the right thing to do and Coach Wilson has always been the type person who did things the right way.
The last thing I would like to say is on a personal level. Like all of you, I am a Mississippi State fan. I would like to offer my personal thanks to David Wilson for helping to make each football Saturday a great day to be a Bulldog fan. David, all Bulldog fans wish you great success in your future endeavors.
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