Fla. DE Sets UNC Visit

While attending Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange's practice during the Spring Evaluation Period, Dan Disch's attention was captured by Brandon Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 234-pound defensive end.

"[Disch] just told my coach that he really liked how I practiced and he would talk it over with the other coaches when he went back [to UNC]," Wilson said.

On May 23 (Wilson remembers the exact date), Wilson was informed by his coach that UNC had offered.

"My coach said I should call Coach Disch and talk to him about it," Wilson said. "[Disch] was just like, ‘We really want to bring in defensive ends, so they'll make a spot for me.'"

Specifically, UNC is recruiting Wilson as a bandit. He has exclusively played D-line – mostly end – during his high school career. As a junior, he recorded seven sacks.

"I feel like I can play [bandit]," Wilson said. "Anywhere they put me I'll be able to play and contribute."

More than a dozen schools have offered Wilson, including Boston College, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Florida, and Wisconsin.

The UNC offer means more to Wilson than most Florida recruits. He grew up in Charlotte playing at Victory Christian before his family moved to the greater Orlando area prior to his sophomore year. More notably, he grew up a Tar Heel fan.

"[My fandom] is just as strong – I follow them in everything they do," Wilson said. "(UNC) has been my team since I was little, but when it comes to making my college choice I have to look at academics and not just the fact that I'm a fan of the school but how is it going to help me."

Wilson, who plans to major in business, is scheduled to see the academic side of UNC on June 17 when he visits the campus. The Tar Heels' coaching staff will be holding a camp that day. Wilson doesn't plan on working out.

"Last time I saw the stadium, so this time I really want to meet with an academic adviser and see what their plan is with academics," Wilson said.

As a fan, Wilson was in Kenan Stadium during the 2008 season when the Tar Heels beat Notre Dame, 29-24.

"I remember the crowd was live," Wilson said.

A day before traveling to UNC, Wilson will visit Georgia where he hopes to leave with a UGa scholarship offer. In July, he hopes to visit Wisconsin.

Previously, Wilson has visited Central Florida, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State.

Wilson plans to make a verbal commitment in July with Independence Day being his target date.

"It depends," Wilson said. "If it gets around to July 4 and I don't know, I'll push [the decision] back a little bit. But it will still be in July."

Wilson denies possessing a firm list of favorite schools.

"Really, I like the schools that I've visited – just those schools, Wisconsin and probably Georgia," Wilson said. "It's wide open. I'll have to narrow all this down after I take visits to those schools. I'm not going to judge how I like a school without visiting them. After I visit all my schools, that's when I'll narrow it down."

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