Just who is Rudy Wilson?

One of the more unknown players on Ole Miss' signing day board came by the name of Rudy Wilson.

Just who is Rudy Wilson?

"I am from Port Orange (FL) and played for Mainland High School and then Hargrave this past year," added Rudy Wilson.

But the story gets more interesting.

"I was a senior at Mainland in 2005, and then I went to Daytona Beach Community College as a part time student in 2006. I was just trying to get my body in tip top shape so I could give it one more go to get some more looks. I enrolled at Hargrave in 2007 and now I headed to the SEC to play for Ole Miss."

The 6' 0", 205 pounder played outside linebacker for Hargrave, and is being recruited for strong safety for Ole Miss, but he never played defense on the high school level.

"I mainly played fullback. Then they put me in at some receiver. But I spent most of my time at fullback. When I got to Hargrave, Coach Prunty put me on defense because of my size."

Rudy did find some success on the high school level.

"We won the state championship my junior year in 2004. My senior year I got Player of the Week four times, and I was named Most Versatile Player for our team. I also won the Scholar Athlete of the Year award in our District. I graduated with a 3.99 GPA and a 24 on the ACT."

There is one thing that you can not teach, and that is speed.

"My biggest strength is my quickness. I can move laterally real well. I have quickness and speed. I ran a 4.38 and a 4.42 at our combine."

What would Wilson like to work on?

"I want to gain another 10 more pounds. That will give me some extra force in my hits. I am just trying to stay in shape, keep lifting, and eat right. I am staying focused on what I have to do so I can make an immediate impact when I get down to Ole Miss."

When did Ole Miss start recruiting Rudy?

"Wow, only a few weeks before signing day. Coach Nutt was recruiting some of my teammates, and then he watched me on film with Coach Prunty. He came to my dorm that night and told me that he wanted me to come down there and take a visit. I was set to go to North Carolina that weekend, but I knew a lot of my teammates were going to Ole Miss, and I still did not have any offers. Coach Nutt seemed pretty serious, so I went down there instead and took a visit. When I got back from my visit, I knew that is where I wanted to be. I met Coach Dickerson and the Nix brothers. Julian Whitehead and Jared Mitchell were already down there and I knew Enrique Davis and Andrew Harris were likely going too. We all wanted to stay together, so it all just kind of fell into place.. Plus Coach Nutt is awesome."

If Wilson were giving a scouting report on himself; what would it be?

"I am quick to the ball, and I have loose hips. I am a big hitter, and I just go get the ball. I do not care where it is at, I am quick to the ball. If the ball is in the air, I go get it. That is the #1 thing, I get to the ball in a hurry."

What would Hargrave's head coach say about his pupil?

"Rudy is a 6' 0", 205 pound head hunter. This kid is just a flat out athlete. He ran a 4.38 at our combine. I suspect he will battle for a spot at outside linebacker for Ole Miss. If he is not starting next season, I suspect he will be playing on special teams. He really could go at OLB or SS, but you are getting a guy who runs a 4.38 and will lay the wood on you. He is very physical. Rudy is still a little raw, but with Coach Nutt's coaching, I suspect he will smooth out the edges with him. And when you look at Rudy, you will say to yourself, that boy looks like he belongs in the SEC. He is well put together."

Anything Wilson would like to say to the Ole Miss faithful?

"I want to tell all of the Ole Miss fans that I am looking forward to becoming a Rebel. We have gotten so much support from the Ole Miss family and that means a lot to us. We have five guys coming from Hargrave. We would all like to say thank you for letting us in your family and be ready for an exciting turn around season next year."

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