California CB anxious for NU visit this weekend

It's been a bit of a whirlwind in recruiting recently for Pierce Junior College freshman Brian Wilson. Three weeks ago, the recruiting was pretty simple and perhaps disappointing. Since then, Wilson has found his popularity rising significantly. First, it was Texas Tech and now, it's Nebraska. And, it's to Lincoln his official will go this weekend. Wilson is excited about it and talked about the chances of him leaving Lincoln a commit.

On Monday, it will have been just two weeks since Nebraska first contacted Pierce junior college cornerback Brian Wilson. And, it will be about half of that since they offered. That follows the offer that came on his official visit to Texas Tech this last weekend.


It would seem someone has become quite popular. "Yeah, it's strange, because before those guys, I just had an offer from Portland State and I figured that was it," Brian said "but, those two came into the picture and it was like everything I wanted a long time ago is starting to come true."


What that is for Wilson is the chance to play big-time collegiate football. It's something that just a couple of years ago didn't look as if it was meant to be. Following a shoulder injury that put him out of his senior season at Granada Hills, the recruiting went from prosperous to near stagnant.


That's why Wilson opted for the junior college level, because unlike many of the JUCO athletes, grades weren't the issue. "I just wanted to see if I could get my stock up," Wilson said. "That injury to my shoulder basically scared everyone off, so I went to College of the Canyons junior college to see what I could do."


That experience didn't go well for Wilson either, the injury bug rearing its ugly head once again, but this time it wasn't a shoulder, rather his leg. A broken one that effectively ended his season and for a time, the thoughts of continuing his career. "Well, it's easy to get a little down at times like that, but I knew I was never going to give up," he said. "I still had this dream of playing at the next level."


To that end, Brian left College of the Canyons and entered Pierce college in Woodland Hills California and it didn't take long for him to show that he was indeed all the way back. After being sidelined basically for two years, Brian played well the entire season, tallying 39 tackles, one sack, recovering one fumble and he knocked down nine passes as well.


Those numbers are actually meager according to Wilson, but said that considering the rest of his defense, the secondary had to take what they could get. "We had one of the best defenses out there," he said. "I didn't get many balls thrown my way and the other cornerback was the same deal. We just made plays when we needed to, but our defensive line did a great job."


In the midst of this comeback, the offer from Portland State seemed like the best Brian could get. Since then, the attention from two major programs like Texas Tech and Nebraska has him thinking that his circle is almost complete. And, coincidentally enough, the visit he's taking this weekend is to a school that as a kid was one of four teams that he considered his dream schools of the future. "It was them (Nebraska), USC, Notre Dame and Florida State," Brian said. "Those were the schools I watched as much as I could and to be able to have a chance at going to one of them, that's pretty special considering everything that has happened between then and now."


A dream school is a dream school, but rather then going in with star struck eyes, Wilson's are wide open. After what he's been through, it's not a dream that will catch his attention, but the reality and how that feels for him and what he sees for the future. That's what he expects the second he walks onto the campus in Lincoln. "With the tradition there, you expect great things," he said. "All the winning they have done, but also the kind of coaches they have now. It's not like they used to do it, but from the conversations I have had with them, everyone is planning on getting back to that and they want to do it as soon as they can."


The urgency of a losing season at Nebraska can't be understated. But, as Nebraska fans may be leaping off buildings, Wilson said that it may be the perfect time for him to leap on. There's probably no better time than now. "They had guys leaving early for the NFL and everything is still pretty new there as far as what they are doing on defense," Brian said. "That opens up the doors for someone coming in that already has some junior college experience."


"I don't expect to start, because you have to earn everything you get, but I'm healthy and I am excited to see what I can do."


It might sound like Brian is a Husker for the making or even happening before he leaves the Cornhusker state. While Wilson conceded that there was a good chance of that if everything worked out, he wasn't committing to anything as certain. "I have to get there and see how I feel," he said. "Does it feel like a place I want to be? Do I get along with the players and coaches that I meet? There's a lot that will go into this visit for me to figure out exactly what I want to do."


"So, yeah, there's a chance I might commit, but you never know until the visit is over."


Because of Wilson's history with injuries, he finds himself in a very rare position as a junior college transfer. On paper, he has three years to play three having burned his redshirt year due to the broken leg. However, since he didn't play a single down that season, Brian can apply to get that year back and have a full four years to play at the division 1-A level.


For someone that has had a year of junior college play, starting over has never been quite this nice. "It's worked out," Brian said. "All the stuff that has happened, everything worked out in the end. I don't know right now where I am going, but those opportunities that I thought I would have out of high school I still have today."


"There was a time when I didn't think they would be there, but it just proves that if you stick with it good things can happen."


"I'm just glad that they finally did."

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