Now that the recruiting frenzy during May is over Martez Wilson (6-4, 235-pounds) can enjoy the summer and look forward to his senior season. A big step in that direction was his ability to narrow his list of schools down to a manageable number.
"I've kind of got a top five," Wilson said when asked about his recruitment. "Illinois, Notre Dame, Michigan, Wisconsin and the last spot is between USC and Tennessee. I'm not favoring any school right now. I like all of them. I'm going to take an official visit to Notre Dame and Illinois and most likely the other schools too.
"I'm going to play outside linebacker in college. The majority of the schools are recruiting me to play that. Defensive end and outside linebacker are similar. I like both. They're both fun and I get to hit people. I like outside linebacker. I've been playing it in practice, so I'll be playing both during the season."
With a small group of schools to concentrate on going into late summer, Wilson is beginning to focus on what each school offers.
"Winning is important. I want to win," Wilson stressed. "I'm trying to find the best situation that will get me to the draft, because that's my goal.
"Illinois is cool. The coaches are cool. It's an up and coming program where I can make an impact. I like what they're talking about with playing time.
"My coaches have known the coaches at Michigan for a long time, so they've been talking to me for a while now. They're saying that I'll come in and be an impact right away. I like that, but everyone's saying their situation is good right now.
"Charlie Weis, he's a good coach," Wilson said. "Of course I like their tradition. I think I can come in and be a good impact linebacker for them. Coach Ianello text me today while I was in a team meeting. Sometimes we text, sometimes when talk. We've been doing both."
As a junior Wilson registered 99 tackles, 25 for loss, 18 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two sacks.