Irish versus Trojans for Wilson

A lot of programs have come calling for's No. 12 rated offensive lineman, but as of now there are only two standing for the signature of James Wilson from Nease high school (St Augustine, Fla.). USC and Notre Dame have been announced as his finalists and Wilson will make his choice be known very soon.

USC has dominated the recruiting world the last several years and they're off to another outstanding start for the 2007 recruiting class. Notre Dame isn't doing so bad themselves as they have landed several of their top targets already this year. A player both schools want on their future rosters is James Wilson (6-5, 306 pounds), and he recently returned from a trip where he visited both schools.

"We're going to have a little press conference at a local restaurant on August 1. It's between Notre Dame and Southern Cal," Wilson responded when asked about his college decision. "I think they're pretty much equal, but each unique in their own way. You have different parts of the U.S. You have cold versus pretty warm weather. The coaching styles are definitely different. They both play great football. I think both are great academics institutions, and they both win."

Landing a player of Wilson's caliber will go a long way to helping each school solidify their offensive lines, and when all is said and done, Wilson is confident he'll pick the right school.

"They both seem pretty even right now. It's just going to come down to where I feel most comfortable," Wilson said. "I still have two weeks so I'm not going to make any rash decisions. I'll think about it a lot and find out what's right for me. I'll look at the pros and cons and that's what it's going to come down to."

"I had awesome experiences at both," he added.

Taking the recruiting lead for the Irish has been coach Rob Ianello, but at this point in his recruitment, both schools have likely done all that they can.

"Coach Ianello, he's the recruiting coordinator and coach Weis," Wilson responded when ask who was recruiting him for Notre Dame. "Coach Latina text messages me, but he's really just letting me think about things. He knows how I feel about both schools, so he told me he was going to leave me alone and so I can think about it. He understands everything that comes with the decision."

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