InsideMizzou Scouting Report: Andrew Wilson

Raymore-Peculiar High in the suburbs of Kansas City has been a wellspring of talent in recent years, producing one proven star in Chase Coffman and another rising star in running back Derrick Washington. The Tigers recently dipped into the in-state power's talent pool again for linebacker Andrew Wilson. Could he have the same sort of impact as Coffman or Washington? Here's the scouting report…

"He runs a 4.7 40, so he's a big kid who can run and is very athletic," said Ray-Pec coach Tom Kruse.

Missouri began to recruit the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder during his sophomore year, while the staff was working on landing Washington.

"I think they saw how he continually made plays, and lots of them. He played defensive end for us in 2006 and then we moved him to middle linebacker because he runs so well," Kruse said. "He may end up going down to defensive line, but I know they're very high on him as a middle linebacker … This kid makes plays all over the place. And for a big who can run sideline to sideline like that, that's pretty special in high school."

As a junior, Wilson posted 123 tackles, 88 solo stops, 2.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, nine tackles for loss and an interception return for a touchdown. Despite playing only 10 games – Ray-Pec won state titles in 2004 through 2006 but went 3-7 last season – he came within 26 tackles of breaking the school's single season record.

Now, Kruse said, Wilson is focusing his efforts on making sure the team returns to its glory days and proving last fall was an aberration.

"The offseason change in the team mentally is pretty special. Andrew was selected as a captain as a junior. The only other player to do that was Chase," he said. "The big thing with Andrew is just how he carries himself and his work ethic. I think in terms of work ethic, there is a lot to compare [between Coffman and Wilson]."

Wilson, a first-team all-state selection whose father Jay was an all-Big 8 performer at Missouri, was recruited by Wisconsin and Iowa, but never strongly considered anywhere but Mizzou. It appears MU has developed a strong pipeline to one of the state's best high school programs.

"It's pretty neat. It seems the best players in the state are now looking to state in-state. That's huge for Mizzou but also huge for our kids too," said Kruse, who plans to clear his calendar for as many home-game Saturdays as possible next fall.

"They see that if they work hard, they might have a chance to play for Mizzou, too. It's good for our high school program, it's good for the community and it's exciting for Mizzou."

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