All even with Martez Wilson

Scout.com's No.2 defensive end, Martez Wilson, of Simeon Vocational high school (Chicago, Ill.) is the type of player that could step in a play as a freshman. Notre Dame has been recruiting him as heavily as any prospect, but they will need a strong season in order to get his signature.

Notre Dame came away with a win against Georgia Tech, but their linebackers struggled all night. Martez Wilson (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) had a chance to watch the Irish in action and he liked what he saw.

"I watched them. I liked them," Wilson said of the Irish victory over Georgia Tech. "Even though it was a close game I liked their competitiveness. I liked their aggressiveness. I like how they stayed in the game.

"They had No. 26 [Travis Thomas] playing defense and he's a running back and they had him playing linebacker the whole game. I think I can come in and help at that spot."

"I was flipping between the Notre Dame game and the USC game. I didn't see the Illinois game," Wilson said.

Wilson was recently quoted as saying Illinois had a slight lead over Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC, but he now denies that any team has an edge.

"No school is in the lead," Wilson responded when asked if Illinois lead. "I'm still open to every school. Teams just have to continue to do what they're doing."

In order to keep his high-ranking Wilson just needs to keep doing what he's doing. Although Simeon didn't get a victory, Wilson continues to put up big numbers.

"We lost to Bolingbrook 44-20," Wilson said. "I had three catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns. On defense I had 13 tackles, two sacks and two pass deflections. I'm playing outside linebacker now, I'm not playing [defensive] end, and it's actually easier, because you can see the run better. You can see which direction it's going, I can just read the offense better.

"We play Lane Tech Saturday night," he added.


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