Leader emerges for Sprague 'backer

THE NO. 20 ranked middle linebacker prospect in the country, a 6-2, 225-pounder out of Sprague, Ore., received an offer from Oregon State last month. A sure tackler with 100-plus takedowns this season, other schools like the Beavs' opponent this week, Washington, are staying in weekly phone contact. And he has a leader atop his list.

The mutual interest between Tony Wilson and Oregon State has been growing over the last month, the 3-star linebacker prospect told BF.C recently.

Wilson had a good showing at Oregon State's camp and then showed the Beavs what they were looking for during the season, resulting in an OSU offer over the weekend of the Arizona game.

Area recruiting coach Jay Locey is running the point for the Beavs, while Mike Riley and position coach Greg Newhouse are both talking to Wilson with more frequency, he said.

"Every week I'll hear from them, and sometimes I'll call...I'm in pretty good contact with the coaches. I'm liking them a lot. I just have a good feeling about them. From what I know they're all Christians and I really value that," said Wilson.

An official visit is likely to be set up sometime in December/January, though Wilson plans to take at least one more unofficial visit before that.

The Beavers, he also said, are at the top of the list.

"That would be Oregon State. I like how they're seeming to believe in me the most because obviously they've made an offer," said Wilson.

Chris Fetters, Northwest Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com, says Wilson's athleticism and smarts account for a No. 20 national ranking at his position.

"Being a two-sport star (football and baseball), Wilson brings a lot of things to the MIK spot that other big linebackers may not have - and that's athleticism," says Fetters. "Sure, he's all the things you want in a MIK - big, strong, tough, physical - but he's also really athletic for his size and moves extremely well, a very fluid runner. On top of that, he's a very smart player."

WILSON SAID the OSU coaches like his toughness from the linebacker spot and complimented him on his feet. Newhouse, said Wilson, also keyed on his ability to just..make..plays.

"Coach Newhouse, he said he liked that tackling ability. He said (I had) that edge on another guy they have been looking at, that I had an edge to bring it to a new level," said Wilson.

Through Sprague's first playoff game, Wilson has racked up 117 tackles his senior season, with 8 for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and a defensive touchdown.

On offense, Wilson had 17 touchdowns, with 875 yards on 132 carries and four receptions for 33 yards.

The UW is continuing to recruit hard but the Huskies are waiting for tape before deciding on whether to offer.

"Washington would be the next one (contact), I hear from them every week, I've been talking to Randy Hart. I went to their camp this summer...they said they want to see some film before they pull the trigger, some later film of this season...Washington would like me to come go up there and I'll probably take that one, an unofficial trip here in the next month," said Wilson.

Tape could go out as early as next week. Wilson is also hearing from Oregon on a near weekly basis, and Portland State has offered.

Wilson, who ran a personal best 4.6 in the 40 at Washington's camp, said academics will be the most important factor in his decision.

"And then I'd like to play D-I just because of the competition, I'd like to be going against the biggest guys and the best competition from a team perspective. Also with Oregon State for instance, they have Athletics Training there as a major which is something I'm looking into," said Wilson.

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