Defensive end prospect Lawrence Wilson has had a hard time balancing recruiting with his busy basketball schedule. The 6-5, 230-pound Wilson is also having an outstanding basketball season so far.
"My team is 8-0 or 9-0 right now," said Wilson about his Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's basketball team. "I'm averaging around 16-18 points per game and about 10 rebounds."
Football will be Wilson's sport in college, however, and he had an in-home visit with Irish assistant coach Jimmy Gonzales on Monday.
"Coach Gonzales came to my house today," said Wilson. "It went well. He was at my basketball practice today, and then he came to my home.
"He just talked about the same things that coach Weis said, and we talked about some of the new assistant coaches on their staff. We talked a bit about each coach and playing tight end or defensive end."
We asked Wilson if coach Oliver or Parmalee had been in touch with him yet.
"I think they've tried to call me a few times but I've missed their calls," he said.
Wilson will leave for Florida very soon for another official visit.
"I'm leaving for Florida on Wednesday and I'll be there until Friday," Wilson said. "After that, I could go to Michigan, but I'm not sure if I want to do that. They said they'd offer me if I came up there to talk to them. I don't know if I'll take a visit there or not."
The Buckeyes are still leading for Wilson's signature at this point.
"Ohio State is my leader," Wilson said. "I'm going to take my visit to Florida and see if I need to take my visit to Michigan or not. I might just decide sometime after my Florida visit."
The Irish, once Wilson's school of choice, appear to be fading at this point with Wilson.
"I'm still considering Notre Dame," he said. "I watched their bowl game and that kind of had a bad influence on me. They just weren't getting it done out there. They didn't impress me much."
Comments: The conversation didn't sound very promising for Notre Dame. The Irish still have a shot, but we feel they are fading down the stretch. Unless something changes soon, we expect he'll go elsewhere.