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
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
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
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
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.
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