Name: C.J. Wilson
Hometown: Lincolnton, North Carolina
High School: Lincolnton High School
Notes: Wilson 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. He tallied 1,372 yards and 19 scores rushing as a senior, adding 447 yards and five touchdowns receiving on 24 grabs. Defensively, Wilson totaled five interceptions from the secondary for Lincolnton, and he 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.
For his efforts, he was named Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Player of the Year and earned a selection to the Shrine Bowl, where he saw action at wide receiver. Wilson was also tabbed as the Gaston/Lincoln Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. During his junior season, Wilson rushed for 1,300 yards and totaled 500 receiving yards, and he racked up 2,300 all-purpose yards and 33 scores as a sophomore.
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: "While C.J. Wilson was primarily known as a standout running back in high school, he was extremely productive during the time he was asked to double as a cornerback.
"While his technique and fundamentals will have to be honed once he gets to college, Wilson shows solid instincts on film and regularly finds a way to make a play whether it be a pass-breakup, forced fumble, bit hit or interception.
"Much of Wilson's success comes from his athletic ability. He's able to translate those skills to defensive back and shows outstanding closing speed and reaction to the football once it's in the air. Likely due to his time at running back, Wilson plays more physical than one might think and doesn't shy away from contact.
"Again, he will need to improve on his technique because athletic ability alone won't be enough in college. However, Wilson has the tools to make an impact at State with time." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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