Wilson Sets Official Visit To Ohio State

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson made a visit to Notre Dame last weekend and will see Ohio State this weekend. Click here for more.

Ohio State will host its first official visit of the 2004-05 school year this weekend when Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson will attend the Wisconsin game and take a tour of the campus.

The 6-6, 235-pound Wilson is a two-sport star for the Irish, also excelling at basketball. But most believe his future is in football, where he will be ranked as the state's 12th-best prospect by recruiting editor Duane Long in the November edition of Ohio High.

Wilson actually made his first visit to Notre Dame last weekend for the Purdue game.

"It went real well," said Wilson, who was hosted by defensive ends Justin Tuck and Victor Abiamiri. "I had a good time there. The game (a loss to Purdue) did not go that well for them, but the atmosphere there was pretty good.

"I got to know all of the coaches, including Coach Willingham and (defensive line coach Greg) Mattison. We talked to coach Willingham on Sunday. First it was my family and I, and then it was just me and him.

"He told me about what a great opportunity Notre Dame is, and that I need to grasp that opportunity. He told me that they wanted me as a rush end and that I have the opportunity to be the next Justin Tuck. I really like coach Willingham and I could definitely see myself playing for him."

Wilson will accompany his team to Columbus Friday for a game against St. Charles Prep. Then, he'll stay in town and begin his two-day official visit.

"My mom has been in touch with (OSU assistant Jim) Bollman to set it up," Wilson said. "I am basically looking for where I'm going to fit in and how soon I can play."

Wilson is pretty much calling this a two-horse race and wants to make a decision relatively soon.

"I might take a visit to Pittsburgh," he said. "But I don't have anything scheduled yet. I think I'm pretty close to making a decision. It might be in the next couple of weeks.

"I wouldn't say I have a leader. It's pretty much Ohio State and Notre Dame, those two. I'm not for sure which one, but I like those two the best right now."

Wilson said he has "eight or nine sacks" this season for 3-3 SVSM. He had 15 sacks last season and also plays tight end. He boasts 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash.

"I think I would be better on defense because I've never played tight end before (this year) but my blocking has been pretty good," Wilson told our Gary Housteau for a feature in the upcoming edition of Ohio High. "I'll have to see wherever a team needs me at on the next level and that's where I'll play at. But I love playing defense. Basically schools are recruiting me as a defensive end for now but that could change when I get to the next level."

Wilson, who previously attended Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, averaged 15 points a game last winter for the Irish in a 20-5 season, their first in the post-LeBron James era.

"Like James, he's an athlete and that's kind of what you first notice about him," SVSM basketball coach Dru Joyce told Housteau. "He's got that 37 ½-inch vertical, not too many guys have that, and he's so quick off the floor. And being that he's so athletic it's really all about what he puts his mind to. If he puts his mind to being a big-time basketball player then he could do that. It's just that right now, in football he's a little farther along and that's where the recruiters are coming from."

Wilson is qualified academically with a 3.4 GPA and a passing test score.

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