SVSM's Wilson Favors Buckeyes

Defensive end Lawrence Wilson of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary is over a month away from making a final decision. But as of right now, he says Ohio State is the team to beat.

Defensive end Lawrence Wilson of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary continues to say that Ohio State is his leader, but is over a month away from making a final decision.

"Ohio State is out ahead," Wilson said. "Ohio State is definitely in the lead."

Jim Tressel attended Wilson's basketball game last Friday.

"He came and watched the game, then we went out to eat afterwards," Wilson said. "So, it was pretty nice."

Tressel continues to make a good impression with the Wilson family.

"We just talked about common stuff," Wilson said. "We didn't talk about recruiting or football all that much. We just talked about all kinds of stuff. My basketball coach was with us, and my parents, and a couple people that play on the team and their parents. It was great just hanging out with Coach Tressel."

There were no OSU assistants along for the trip. "Just Coach Tressel," Wilson said.

Wilson, the former Notre Dame verbal commitment, hasn't completely turned his back on the Fighting Irish. He and his family do not appreciate the way Tyrone Willingham was fired. In fact, Wilson's father, Eugene, claims Notre Dame lied to him. However, Lawrence Wilson is keeping all his options open and he met with new ND head coach Charlie Weis last week.

"It went pretty well," Wilson said. "I knew where he was coming from. He was basically saying it wasn't his fault. So, I met with him for a little while and I really liked him."

So, Notre Dame is still in the mix?

"Yes, but Ohio State is definitely out in front of them," Wilson said.

Wilson does not have any official visits set up, but knows what schools he will be looking at in the near future.

"I think I might go to Florida next month," he said. "And I might go to Michigan next month. Nothing is set up for sure, but that's the way it looks."

Wilson will not wait until signing day to make his announcement.

"I am going to wait until the end of January," he said.

The recruiting process is getting tiresome at this point for Wilson, but he doesn't let it bother him.

"Well, it's real busy, but I'd rather have this than the alternative (no recruiters calling)," he said. "But, it's nice no coaches will be calling for the next few weeks during this down time."

Wilson has considered playing basketball in college, along with football, but won't make that decision for quite a while.

"I'm not thinking about playing college basketball right now," he said. "I'm just thinking about making a decision of what college I'm going to. And after I make my decision – probably after my basketball season is over – I'll sit down and decide if I want to play both of them (football and basketball) in college."

The 6-5, 240-pound Wilson, who averages 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game at SVSM, says he would play small forward in college.


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