Schools from coast to coast have recruited Martez Wilson (6-foot-4, 235 pounds), but in the end he will select his college decision from two area schools.
I'm going to announce on Thursday at my school," Wilson responded when asked when he would make his decision known. "It's between Illinois and Notre Dame."
Each school offers Wilson a wealth of opportunities. If he selects Notre Dame it will be in large part to the impact Charlie Weis has made on the Irish program.
"Charlie Weis is the main thing that sticks out," Wilson said when asked to name his main interest in the Irish. "He's a good coach. He knows how to win and he has pull with the NFL. I'd be able to build a relationship with him and get prepared for the next level.
"I feel I could contribute to their wining because they're already winning and I could be a factor on defense.
Although Chicago has a strong allegiance to Notre Dame, Wilson would like to make an impact with his state university.
"I could play for my home state," Wilson explained was his draw to the Illini. "I'd have the opportunity to come in and make an impact. I like the whole coaching staff, they're real cool.
"If I went to Illinois, the class that they have coming in with Arrelious Benn and DeAngelo McCray, I think I could come in and make an impact. They're recruiting me at linebacker and defensive end. They're looking at getting me the ball on offense too. They said they'd use me on third downs and in the red-zone."
Wilson believes he will make a difference on the field as long as he makes the decision for himself.
"I'll make an impact where my heart leads me to," Wilson explained. "If I go to Illinois, but my heart was at Notre Dame, I'm not going to be a good player. If my heart is at Illinois and I go to Notre Dame I wouldn't be a good player there. Wherever my heart leads me to is where I'll have a bigger impact.
Once Wilson makes his choice known, he will turn his attention to the U.S. Army All-American game.
"I'm looking forward to having a good time and meeting all the players," Wilson said. "I'm just looking forward to the whole experience, but I want to get better. It will make me a better player going against the players that will be down there.
"My expectations are to just go in and play and have some good stats. I know that there will be a lot of good players and we'll be looking to get the stats, but I'm just looking to do my part. People have their expectations about me and I'll just going to go out there and show it."