Jordan Wilson had planned to participate in Fedora’s Freak Show. However, after separating the AC joint in his left shoulder during a prior camp, the tight end was forced to watch from the sidelines while his left arm rested in a sling.
“I absolutely loved the atmosphere – it was very lively,” Wilson said. “The former players, they were into it. There was great competition out there. The atmosphere was very hyped. I just I could have been out there.”
Earlier in the summer, Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 205-pounder from Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy, camped at Kentucky, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. The Volunteers’ Camp was the scene of his injury, which should be healed in another week or two.
“Compared to those camps, I thought the Freak Show brought an excitement factor,” Wilson said. “It wasn’t just a business camp – it was just: go out there and let ball players be ball players and have fun.”
When the camp concluded with Larry Fedora’s “Who’s next?” call (i.e. who’s ready to commit to UNC?), Wilson admits that it crossed his mind to jump up and join the group of UNC commits standing behind Fedora.
“It definitely came into my head that I’d love to be a part of this atmosphere,” Wilson said. “It definitely put a thought into my head.”
At the very least, the experience has firmly planted UNC among Wilson’s favorite schools.
“It definitely puts them somewhere at the top of my list,” Wilson said. “Just experiencing a live atmosphere kind of camp that they had it’s memorable in my mind. So it’s somewhere at the top.”
Of Wilson’s 18 scholarship offers, eight have separated themselves as favorites. Joining UNC on that list are Louisville, Missouri, NC State, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
“I want an opportunity to play early and I’ll have that chance at any of those schools,” Wilson said. “And I think I’ll fit well in their systems. It’s going to come down to what’s the best fit for me. As I go through this process, I’ll start to narrow my schools down based on who’s the best fit for me.”
In July, Wilson plans to visit Missouri and Oklahoma State.
“I want to commit as soon as possible,” Wilson said. “But then again, I’m still thinking about taking official visits.”
Unable to participate, Wilson spent much of the Freak Show evaluating Seth Littrell as he coached the small group of tight ends in the camp.
“He’s very active,” Wilson said. “And he knows what he’s doing.”
Before the camp began, Wilson met with Littrell. The two watched film and talked football.
“He just talked about why UNC is a great fit for me and how I could make this offense go,” Wilson said. “He’s the offensive coordinator, so of course the tight end is going to get the ball.”
During their meeting, Littrell compared Wilson to UNC great Eric Ebron.
“It’s a compliment to be compared to one of the great hybrid tight ends that plays now. I definitely see myself as one of those types of guys.”
Wilson also had a pre-Freak Show meeting with Fedora.
“He said he was glad that I was able to make it – even though I couldn’t participate,” Wilson said. “And he said he looked forward to seeing me again.”
When he begins making second visits to schools, Wilson believes UNC will be on the itinerary.
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