UNC Making Strong Push for Pa. Jumbo ATH

Ever since North Carolina's scholarship offer arrived in the mail, the Tar Heels have been among the schools recruiting Christian Wilson the hardest.

"I've been getting a lot [of interest from UNC]," said Wilson. "They've been texting me every day. They offered me a while ago and they've been showing me interest ever since."

Wilson, a 6-foot-3 225-pound jumbo athlete from McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour, is being recruited by John Shoop, but communicates just as much with Steve Hagen, UNC's tight ends coach.

Back in March, Wilson toured the Tar Heel State and sandwiched a Chapel Hill stop in-between trips to Wake Forest and N.C. State.

"I just watched the [spring] practice, talked to the coaches, talked to Butch Davis," said Wilson. "I just sat there and talked really."

During his stay, Wilson entertained one-on-one meetings with Davis, Hagen, and Shoop.

"More or less [they were talking] about how their recruiting class went, how they're going to change the program, and how their kids are working hard," said Wilson.

In addition to the three North Carolina schools, Wilson has also unofficially visited Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He said he will visit Florida and Penn State in the near future.

The plethora of campus visits hasn't helped Wilson develop favorites. Rather, it has complicated things a bit more.

"Right now, I haven't seen a school I haven't liked yet," said Wilson. "I'm going to try to remember what I see and write down a list of everything. And then I'm going to try to get my top 15 – maybe – and then keep going down until I just get one."

Wilson hopes to announce his first cut in the next couple of months.

"Basically, how the coaches are will be the biggest factor," said Wilson. "I want someone who coaches somewhat like the coaches I have now in high school – they have fun, but they get stuff done at the same time. They have that joking mood and the serious mood at the same time."

According to Wilson, North Carolina has a coaching staff that fits that description.

Wilson will also be researching how well each school is at his potential major, which will either be physical education or physical therapy.

Over 40 schools have extended Wilson a scholarship offer including Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

While most schools are looking at Wilson as a linebacker, North Carolina envisions a lot of position possibilities for the versatile athlete.

"They're recruiting me as an athlete," said Wilson. "They talked about H-back, running back, wide receiver – that's just on offense. On defense they named safety and linebacker."

Wilson doesn't have a position preference.

For Montour, Wilson plays running back, linebacker and wide receiver. He ended his junior season with 940 yards and 15 touchdowns on 150 rushes, and 18 catches for 200 more yards. Defensively he totaled 79 tackles and three interceptions.

He's listed at No. 21 in Scout.com's newly released East Top 100 rankings.

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