Tyler Wilson Has Favorite ... Decision Soon?

Tyler Wilson, presumably the top quarterback prospect on MU's recruiting board, is probably done taking visits, is closing in on a decision and has a leader, he told InsideMizzou.com Sunday night.

"Missouri would be at the top, if I had to evaluate," said Wilson, a three-star prospect out of Greenwood, Ark. "I've got some thinking to do, and I think I'm probably going to do it in the next two weeks."

Wilson, a 6-foot-3, 185 pounder, threw for 4,222 yards and 50 touchdowns last season en route to all-state honors. He has some form of offers from LSU, Alabama, Oregon, Tulsa and Kansas, but is talking mostly about two schools right now, it seems.

"Tulsa's made a pretty big jump for me. I'm still looking at LSU and Alabama, but Tulsa has really jumped as of late," Wilson said, adding that he doesn't see himself taking more visits, but will if he still cannot come to a decision soon.

"Our season starts [soon], so I'd probably take some visits on weekends if it plays out that way," he said.

Also a standout baseball player who has been offered for both sports by Oregon, New Mexico and Arizona, there has been some talk that Wilson would instead focus on hardball. Not the case, he said.

"Baseball's not a huge priority, in college anyways. It would be great to play both, but it's really tough to do on that level," he said.

He likes the idea of staying somewhat close to home, but location will not make the decision for him, he said.

"If it was up to my mom, I'd probably stay a little closer to home," he said, chuckling. "But I don't have any problem moving away. Some of my options are closer, such as Missouri and Tulsa."

Wilson has been receiving steady attention from MU recruiting coordinator Dave Yost, whose job it is to secure a quality passer in this class. With Chase Daniel entering his junior year and backup Chase Patton entering his senior campaign, the Tigers are in need of a quarterback who could possibly play early.

"I talked to Coach Yost last night. We had a good talk and I'm planning to call him tonight," Wilson said. "This year at Missouri the quarterback class is really an opportunity to whoever [comes] to take a redshirt freshman year to get the offense under his belt, and after that have a chance to compete for the job."

Wilson is now focusing on preparing his team for a run at its third consecutive state championship, but recruiting also isn't too far from his mind.

"I'd like to do it [before the season]," he said, "but I have to weigh my options and make sure I'm making the right decision."

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