RECRUITING: Florida WR waiting to hear from OU

Dayton, Fla. athlete Tony Wilson talks about his favorites, interest in Oklahoma and knack for making big plays on special teams.


Tony Wilson
is a winner and a key figure for one of the top prep teams in Florida. Since Wilson has been at Mainland, the Buccaneers have gone to at least the fourth round of the playoffs each year.

Wilson goes into his senior year as a three-year starter having lettered as a freshman at quarterback and wide receiver. As a sophomore, Wilson played receiver and defensive back. And then as a junior, he played receiver and safety, but always moved to corner when Mainland lined up against a good receiver.

"This year I am going to start at receiver and safety," said Wilson. "I am also going to return kicks and punts and be on all special teams. In college, I don't care where I play, but most schools are recruiting me more as a receiver. Some of these schools are telling me that I can try to go both ways, but I know that I will be involved in the return game no matter where I go. Maybe I can get a Champ Bailey type deal going."

Wilson caught 31 passes for 600 yards and five touchdowns last season. He had one rushing touchdown, while also returning two punts (65, 70) for touchdowns.

"I averaged over 100 yards returning kicks every game," said Wilson. "Returning kicks and punts are something that I really enjoy. I love to break a game open on special teams."

On defense, Wilson finished with 24 tackles and one interception a year ago. Wilson starts at point guard in hoops (12 ppg, 7 apg and six rebounds) and he runs the 200M in track where he won the class 4A title with a time of 21.7. Wilson has also posted a 100M time of 10.7, while also running the second leg in the 4X100 relay. On top of all that, Wilson runs the open 400 and with a super time of 48.1.

"I want to run track and I am listening to those schools that want me to run track," said Wilson. "Most schools tell me that they don't have any problem with me running both sports."

Wilson can bench 225 pounds, squat 515 and has posted a 32 ½ inch vertical jump. He has camped at Miami before his ninth grade year and recently took trips to Georgia and Florida. Wilson has also been to to the Scout Combine in Jacksonville, Fla., and he went to a camp at Florida State and Georgia's spring game.

Wilson has been offered by over 20 schools at this time, but right now he is working his way through all the offers.

"I have a top five, but more like a top two," said Wilson. "Georgia would be first and Florida would be second. The others in my top five are LSU, Tennessee and Michigan. Florida State is another school that I am looking pretty hard at. I have also been offered by Oklahoma. They are in my top 10, but right now they are not in my top six.

"I like Oklahoma, but I haven't heard that much from them. Their coach came by and offered me a scholarship, but that is about it up to this point. If they get serious with me then I might end up getting serious about them."

Wilson is still looking to qualify.

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