Wilson Keeping Options Open

It's been an up-and-down recruiting process for Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson, and the ride continues. We caught up with Eugene Wilson for the latest on his son's situation.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson enjoyed his visit to Florida last week and is keeping all of his options open.

The 6-5, 240-pound Wilson lists Ohio State and Florida as his co-favorites. He is also considering Michigan and Notre Dame.

Wilson has been busy with basketball lately and was attending a football awards banquet Monday evening. His father, Eugene Wilson, gave us the latest on his situation.

"Yeah, he likes Ohio State and Florida, but Florida is so far," Eugene Wilson said. "It's just so far. I mean, that's the thing. It's so far. But he likes the coaching staff at Florida and he really likes the coaching staff at Ohio State."

Lawrence Wilson has formed a bond with Florida defensive line coach Greg Mattison.

"Well, the guy that recruited him at Notre Dame is down there," Eugene said. "He really likes him. He was going to play for him at Notre Dame. He liked him at Notre Dame, so he likes him at Florida.

"And then the weather at Florida and things like that, you know, that's part of it for a teenager. But I'm not sure. I'm not exactly sure. But I do know the distance is a factor. I think if they were closer… well, I don't know. But distance is a factor."

Wilson emerged as one of the top prospects in the Midwest as a senior, recording 77 tackles and 11 sacks for SVSM. Many fans have said he is looking for every excuse not to sign with Ohio State, despite the fact that his brother, Eugene III, is a student at OSU.

It won't make Buckeye fans feel comfortable that Michigan will be Wilson's final visit. He will likely make his decision before signing day and it could come as soon as next week.

"We're going to Michigan next week, and he may decide after that," Eugene said. "But to be honest, I don't know. He could wait it out, but I think he's ready to get it over with. He's down to those four schools."

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