Wilson Picks Ohio State

Defensive end Lawrence Wilson had debated his decision for months and finally made it official on Wednesday. He will be an Ohio State Buckeye. Click here for more.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary defensive end Lawrence Wilson ended the suspense Wednesday when he announced he would be attending Ohio State.

The 6-5, 240-pound Wilson narrowed his choices down to OSU, Notre Dame and Florida, with the latter being a darkhorse candidate. He had committed to Notre Dame previously, but decommitted in December when Tyrone Willingham was fired.

He made his announcement on live national television on ESPN News. He was expected to have a press conference at his school later this afternoon.

"Well, basically, there's no place like home, so it's going to be the Buckeyes," Wilson said. "I like coach (Jim Tressel). I love the coaching staff. That's pretty much why I chose them."

Wilson tallied 77 tackles and 11 sacks as a senior at SVSM. He earned first-team All-Ohio honors in Division IV as a senior. He is ranked as Ohio's eighth-best prospect by Ohio High. He is also ranked as the nation's 29th-best defensive end by Scout.com. SuperPrep ranks Wilson as Ohio's 21st-best prospect and as the No. 50 prospect in the Midwest.

He boasts 4.6-second speed in the 40. He also plays basketball for SVSM. He originally committed to Notre Dame at midseason. He holds a 3.6 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT.

Bucknuts.com recruiting editor Duane Long on Wilson: "The thing that stands out the most is not that he is 6-5, 240. But it's that at every camp he went to, he ran a 4.6 40. There was no variation in speed. He is big and fast and is just going to get bigger. Some schools are recruiting him as a tight end. I like him as well as a defensive end. His best position in basketball may be on the wing, and that says something when he is 6-5, 240. He is a pretty special athlete. He is a great kid and wherever he goes he will work hard."

Bucknuts.com will have more on Wilson in the near future.


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