LOI #7: C.J. Wilson

Lincolnton (N.C.) High School athlete C.J. Wilson has signed with NC State!

ATH C.J. Wilson
5-11, 171 pounds, 4.4 seconds in the 40
Lincolnton (N.C.) High School

Prospect ranking: Rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com; assigned a grade of 72 and considered the No. 86 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com.

Accomplishments: Wrapped up his stellar career as the all-time leader in scoring (468 points), total yardage (5,919 yards) and rushing yardage (3,941) in the history of Lincoln County; tallied 1,372 yards and 19 scores rushing as a senior, adding 447 yards and five touchdowns receiving on 24 grabs; added five interceptions from the secondary for Lincolnton; scored two touchdowns on his way to Most Valuable Player honors in the Class 2-A title game, helping squad to a 28-14 victory and a state championship; named Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Player of the Year and earned a selection to the Shrine Bowl, where he saw action at wide receiver; tabbed as the Gaston/Lincoln Defensive Player of the Year as a senior; as a junior, rushed for 1,300 yards and totaled 500 receiving yards; racked up 2,300 all-purpose yards and 33 scores as a sophomore.

The Recruiting Scene: Wilson attended a pair of NC State games as a junior, and most considered him to be a major target for former coach Chuck Amato and his staff. He garnered early attention from State, Duke, UNC, Wake Forest, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and Miami prior to the summer.

He turned more heads at the Scout.com combine in San Antonio, Texas, where he posted a 27-inch vertical leap, 4.37-second-time in the short shuttle and a 4.59-second time in the 40-yard dash. This performance helped him earn an offer from Maryland over the summer, which was followed by offers from Winston-Salem State and Western Carolina.

Wilson participated in the Pack's camp over the summer, lining up at wide receiver and cornerback. Coach Tom O'Brien and his staff monitored the youngster throughout his senior campaign, and Wilson received a coveted offer from the Wolfpack in late January. He is expected to begin his Pack career as a cornerback.

Scouting Report: "Wilson is an exceptional athlete who could be falling under the national radar. He might not possess great size, but as an offensive and defensive skill player he is high-cut, very rangy and capable of adding good layered bulk. Possesses good speed and acceleration as a running back and good hands and reliable route running skills when employed at receiver. While wiry, he still presses the hole as an in-line runner and flashes a good burst when he finds a seam. Generates speed quickly and consistently splits defenders up the seam with his great acceleration and second gear. Hips are smooth and he can cut on a dime to avoid the initial traffic. A very decisive, almost slashing back when he squares up his shoulder pads and runs downhill; could be a productive in-line back if he could add 15-20 pounds and improve lower-body power in college. Can produce tough yards after contact with his balance, lean and constant leg churning, but his lateral quickness to get the corner and speed up the sideline make him the most dangerous. Defensive coaches will fight for this kid with his good range, burst to the football and great ball skills. Recovery speed and foot quickness needed mirror in man coverage make Wilson highly-coveted on defense as well." -- ESPN.com Profile

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