Wilson's hard work pays off

Macan Wilson put in plenty of hard work for the opportunity to sign a letter of intent on Wednesday. The Houston Kinkaid (TX) receiver will make his commitment to Northwestern official. He feels it's a worthy reward.

Name: Macan Wilson
School: Kinkaid (TX) High School
Height, Weight: 6-0, 180 lbs.
Position, Rating: 3-Star Receiver

Scouting Report— Whenever Northwestern is the first to offer a prospect, it means something. In this case, it shows how highly the Wildcat coaching staff values Macan Wilson. The receiver has great speed and consistent hands. It may take some time for him to develop, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited.

It's at the high-school level in which sports take a turn from being about having fun to meaning more.

As a freshman at Houston's Kinkaid High School, Macan Wilson joined the football team as a way to let off some competitive energy. The standout receiver would grow to realize where the game could take him. More than three years later, he has reached that destination: Signing Day.

"It's just the payoff for all the years of hard work that I put into the sport," said Wilson, who will sign to Northwestern on Wednesday. "It wasn't always about being the best I could be so I could play in college. But once I realized that was an opportunity for me, it made me work harder and became a part of my life."

Wilson's recruitment took off after a junior season which wowed college scouts. Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was the first to extend him a scholarship offer, coming in January of 2012.

"It was extremely gratifying when I got [the offer]," Wilson recalled. "I was extremely happy."

During the following months, Wilson spent time evaluating each of his options. Further offers would come, but nothing topped Northwestern.

"After Northwestern offered me, I could not find a school that's a better fit for me," he said.

Since the verbal commitment was made, Wilson has not wavered. The relationships he has built have solidified his decision.

"I thought I was going to be nervous, but haven't really been," Wilson said. "I've had the chance to get up to Northwestern and meet some of the guys. I'm more confident in my decision, now. It's going to be great and I'm looking forward to it."

Wilson has followed along with the Wildcats since making his commitment. He feels very optimistic about the football program's direction.

"I feel honored to be a part of it," he said. "I can't wait. There's nowhere to go up but."

A 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver, Wilson will be placed in the slot role. The coaching staff expects to see him compete in practice.

"They leave it to us to see how we perform and see how we adapt," he said. "I'm putting my future in my own hands and seeing what I can do."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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