Wilson Is Getting Familiar With Notre Dame

When Reggie Wilson heard he was going to be offered a scholarship by Notre Dame, the four-star defensive end and Scout.com top-100 recruit decided to do a little research.

He quickly went from knowing nothing about the Irish program, to wanting to learn more.

The same can be said for Reggie Wilson's mother.

"I was on their website researching them," the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Haltom (Texas) High standout said. Irish coaches also paid a visit to the school recently. "They used to be a very winning program back in the day, and I didn't know that. In the 2000s they've been struggling.

"When I told my mom Notre Dame offered me, she found out it's a Catholic school and she wants me to go there. I didn't know they were that good back in the day. I was like wow, it's a prestigious school and now I want to find out more about them."

"My mom wants me to go there, so I've put them in my top-10."

A top-10 that's subject to change.

Wilson isn't sure how many scholarship offers he has, but places like USC, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech have already stepped to the table with a full ride.

"I can fit in pretty much anywhere," Wilson stated.

Notre Dame was the latest school to offer Wilson, when head coach Charlie Weis did it over the phone on Monday.

"It went great," Wilson said.

"Coach told me he liked the fact I'm a great player on the field, and off the field he said there are a lot of guys that are great players but didn't have the grades to get into a place like Notre Dame."

This past season, Wilson had 87 tackles, with 12 of those coming for loss including nine sacks.

Everywhere he goes, Wilson carries a list of questions in his pocket to ask college coaches when he talks with them on the phone. He didn't have his list with him at the time of the interview, but he remembered a few things he asked Weis.

"I asked him if he's going to give me a chance to start my freshman year, and he said if you're the best player you'll play," Wilson began. "He said if you're the best for the job I'll put you on the field. He didn't say here is your scholarship offer and you'll start your first year. I like that he was honest with me.

"I asked him if he takes time to get to know your players. He said he does take time with his players, and hangs out with them and has fun.

"I asked him things like that."

Wilson isn't sure when he's going to make a college decision, but he is really looking at enrolling early to whatever school he decides on. So far, he has only taken visits to Texas A&M, Texas and Oklahoma. There are several other places he'd like to see, including Notre Dame.

"I'm hoping I can get a chance to go up there and go visit," Wilson said.

"The main thing I'm looking for is a family environment. I'll be away from home, and I want to go where I feel comfortable because I'll be there for four years.

"There are so many good schools out there, I don't think location will be a problem for me."

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