Pack Offers Wilson

It seemed like a regular night at work for C.J. Wilson, and then his mother called to pass along a very important message.

"Coach Horton from NC State called and offered me a full scholarship on Sunday night," C.J. Wilson informed Pack Pride. "My dad called my mom to let her know and then she called me while I was at work to tell me that they had offered.

"It did come as a shock. To be honest, I didn't even know they were really looking at me. I went to some games, but I didn't think they had been recruiting me since the beginning of my senior year."

Wilson is one of the top two-way talents in the state of North Carolina. Tabbed the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Player of the Year, Wilson starred at tailback and cornerback for the Wolves.

He rushed for 1,372 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior and totaled 24 receptions for 447 yards and fanother five touchdowns. Defensively, Wilson snatched five interceptions. He rushed for 1,300 yards and had 500 yards receiving as a junior. During his sophomore year, he totaled 2,300 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns.

Wilson is now Lincoln County's all-time leading scorer (468 points) and also set the county's all-time rushing mark (5,919 yards). His standout play led to a Shrine Bowl selection, where he played wide receiver for North Carolina.

NC State is recruiting the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder to play cornerback, a position Wilson admits that he wouldn't mind playing. He has outstanding speed (4.4) and the athleticism needed to play the position. Wilson admits that while most people know him because of his offensive exploits, he also brings it on the defensive side of the ball.

"Defense is a bigger challenge for me because I've been playing offense my whole life," said Wilson. "NC Sate wants me to play defensive corner, and I'd be up to the challenge. I 've been playing corner for three years, and it would be a challenge,... but I do love playing defense.

"I can definitely play corner. I love making big plays and big hits... that's what I do over there."

When did the Wolfpack evaluate Wilson? He camped at NC State over the summer, attended a few games this fall, and played wideout in front of State coaches at the Shrine Bowl.

Wolfpack coaches also had a chance to view him at Carter-Finley Stadium in December when Wilson led his Lincolnton team to a 28-14 victory over South Columbus in the Class 2-A North Carolina High School Athletic Association championship.

Tabbed the game's Most Valuable Player, Wilson played both ways and was pivotal as he tallied two touchdowns and had several big plays defensively.

"I'm not too sure when NC State coaches watched me, but it could have been at the championship game," said Wilson. "We played that game in their stadium. I do remember having a bunch of big plays and big hits on defense in that game."

Wilson held offers from Winston-Salem State and Western Carolina among others, and Maryland extended an offer early in the process before filling their slots at his position.

Now he will head up to NC State for an official visit this Friday. Will he be looking to reach a decision?

"If everything goes well... we'll see what happens," said Wilson. "I'm going to come back home and talk with my parents... just to see what the best decision is for me. Until then I'm probably going to take everything into consideration.

"When I went to NC State's camp I recognized that they have a strong program. The coaches seem to know what they are talking about, and we did a lot of good drills. They have a real good program up at NC State."

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