Wilson Gets Irish Offer

Defensive end Martez Wilson of Simeon Vocational high school (Chicago, Ill.) was hoping that an impressive performance at the Adidas combine held at Notre Dame would result in a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Heading back to Chicago that afternoon, he was confident that he had performed well enough to receive the offer he wanted.

The wait for Martez Wilson (6-4, 235-pounds) wasn't long. Sunday afternoon he contacted the Notre Dame head coach and found out that the Irish joined Illinois, Michigan, Kansas State, Purdue, and Northern Illinois with a scholarship offer.

"I got good news, he offered," recalled Wilson of his conversation with Charlie Weis. "He was going to tell me when he came to my school, but he said it was best to do it today. He said he they were going to play me on defense. He said he saw me as an outside linebacker or rush end.

"That was basically it, and then he told me to call coach Ianello. I called coach Ianello and he said the next time I call I better be calling to tell them I'm committing. This is the offer I was waiting for."

Heading into the Adidas camp, Wilson said that he was anxiously awaiting the Notre Dame scholarship offer. Despite getting what he wanted this weekend, Martez won't make a quick decision.

"Notre Dame, Michigan and Illinois are my top three schools," Wilson said. "Right now I just want to wait and see what happens. I see what happens over the summer and then take some trips.

"Me and Robert Hughes are going to go to the [Columbus] Nike combine together," he added.

As a junior Wilson registered 99 tackles, 25 for loss, 18 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two sacks. On offense, he had 14 receptions and five touchdowns.

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