LINEBACKER U has a new member. Sprague's Tony Wilson has been thinking about making a verbal commitment to Oregon State lately. Thursday, the 6-2, 225-pound middle linebacker prospect, ranked No. 20 in the nation, was in Corvallis and in Mike Riley's office. In came all the OSU staff. No time like the present, said Wilson, to become a Beaver. "I feel great about it," Wilson tells BF.C.

Tony Wilson thought he would probably make his verbal commitment to Oregon State this weekend while on an unofficial visit. Instead, he made his choice a few days early.

"I was down at Oregon State today just looking around the campus and then I was in coach Riley's office and he had all the coaching staff come I did it then and there. I feel great about it," said Wilson.

Wilson camped at Oregon State earlier this summer and has spent a lot of time around the Beaver program -- something that played a large role in his decision.

"Mostly it was the guys, the players, just talking to them in person," said Wilson. "They really feel the coaching staff gives a lot of respect to their players, but also cares for them as people as much as football players. And I really value that. And being a Christian, I know there are quite a few guys on the staff that are Christians themselves.

"And (OSU is) known as Linebacker U. Just having that reputation, I'm looking forward to contributing to that in my future as well."

Wilson, clocked in the 40 at 4.6, said OSU had originally mentioned the possibility of grayshirting when they began talking about offering him a scholarship, but that also might not end up being the path he goes down.

"(Riley) mentioned he's looking into and working on trying to get me to come this fall and not grayshirt that first year," said Wilson. "...This year, with the number of seniors they had, they had all those kids grayshirt last year, so they have all those kids coming in this year and they've had to leave spots open for them, and they have a limited class."

Chris Fetters, Northwest Recruiting Analyst for, says Wilson's athleticism and smarts are what helped him garner a 3-stars and a No. 20 MLB national prospect ranking.

"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 told BF.C earlier Oregon State linebackers coach Greg Newhouse told him he liked his feet, toughness, and, in particular, his sure tackling.

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 has 17 touchdowns, with 875 yards on 132 carries and four receptions for 33 yards.

Wilson is also a star in the classroom. He easily achieved a qualifying score on the SAT and holds 3.65 GPA.

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