Big 12 school "always" on top for Wilson

It is obvious that recruiting has been steadily improving for Haltom City defensive end Reggie Wilson. With nearly every school in the country coming through with an offer, Wilson wants to make sure that one of "the most important" decisions ends up being the right one. With that said, Wilson is fresh off a trip to Norman, Oklahoma. SoonersIllustrated caught up with him for an update.

There are several factors that play into the decision of where football athletes end up when it comes to verbal commitments. And while Haltom City defensive end Reggie Wilson has quite a few he looks for, there is one that he chose to elaborate on after an unofficial visit to Oklahoma this past weekend.

"One of the things I am looking at and I ask coaches about is the depth chart," Wilson said. "I want the chance to come in and compete and where I will end up has a lot to do with that. I want to go where I am given a chance to play as a freshman."

And rightfully so, when the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Wilson met with the Sooner coaching staff that was one of many questions he had before making his way to Norman. While on his trip, it was coach Wilson whom he spoke with (in detail) mostly, but did get the chance to meet the entire staff.

The Haltom City defender already had a good connection with Sooner coach Wilson, but this weekend it may have gotten stronger.

"I like coach Wilson because he is honest and tells it like it is, he is the one who is recruiting me. I told him that I want to be able to come in and play as a freshman," Wilson said. "He (coach Wilson) told me that there would be some spots open and I could come in and compete. That is what I want. I don't want to come in and get mop-up time, I look to make an impact early.

"It was good getting the chance to meet everybody and they were open to taking all of my questions."

Obviously Wilson is serious about his decision as he is working in the classroom to be able to graduate in December and come in to spring drills at whatever college he chooses. Getting playing time is certainly something that Wilson looks forward to, but it is clear that just being good enough to see the field is not enough.

"I want to get stronger and get to (whatever) school in the spring and be ready to go," Wilson said. "Coach Wilson told me that there would not only be an opportunity to get playing time, but if I perform well enough, a starting position. I feel like if I get stronger and come into spring doing well, I could make an immediate impact."

This past weekend was one that was very busy for Wilson as it included the trip to Oklahoma, and TCU (Saturday) as well. According to Wilson, there are not too many programs in the country that are not vying for his services.

He has offers from plenty of programs including LSU, Texas, Colorado State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, with strong interest from USC.

"I just talked with the coaches from USC recently," Wilson said. 

It was not stated when the Haltom City star would make a final decision, but he may still have a few more visits remaining.


"Right now there could be more stops for me to check out some schools that are local," Wilson said. "I will sit down and talk with my family and decide where I may go next."

So, at the moment, are there any leaders?

"Right now, all of the top programs in the country are even," Wilson said. "Oklahoma is always one of the top schools for me, always. Some people think they know where I am going, but I don't know where I am going. This decision is important to me. I did not grow up here (United States) so I don't know a lot about these teams or grow up rooting for them. This is a serious decision for me."

Prior to making the move to Haltom City in 2004, Wilson grew up in the Ivory Coast (Africa). Football was not his sport until that time as soccer was the sport of choice for him. This past season, Wilson had 87 tackles and nine sacks.

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