Four-star Wilson Plans Oregon Visit In July

With ability to fill the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position that will be vacated by Kenny Rowe come the end of the 2010-11 season, Corona (CA) Corona Senior four-star defensive end DeVante Wilson could be a major target for the Oregon coaching staff this season. Wilson has a great nose for the football and he spoke with eDuck recently to shed light on his recruitment.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, I don't think they've told me anything. But they seem very interested. I talked to their coach."

How long ago did you talk to the coach from Oregon?

"I talked to him last weekend actually."

Do you remember the coach from Oregon that you talked to?

"Coach Don Pellum."

How much contact have you had with the Oregon coaching staff?

"Actually, that was the first time I talked to him. They had sent me e-mails and then finally he sent me an e-mail with his number to call him, so I just called him and that was the first time I actually spoke with one."

What was the nature of your conversation with Coach Pellum?

"He was telling me what position would I like to play. Like would I like to play with my hand on the ground or a stand-up type of guy. He was getting to know me and he talked to my dad and everything. He was telling me that they're very interested. My coach, he doesn't like, allow them to recruit us, so that's why they haven't really talked to me that much. I told them that I'm interested and that it didn't matter."

What is your overall interest in Oregon right now?

"I like their defense. I like Oregon. I like their uniforms...everything about them. I could see myself playing there."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I would say that I'm a playmaker. I make a lot of tackles in the backfield. I get a lot of tackles each game. Just a playmaker all around."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"I think I am like Julius Peppers. I try to be like Julius Peppers."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Academics, a chance at playing time, and team chemistry -- does it feel like home when I'm there."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Something that has to do with business."

What are some of the offers that you currently hold right now?

"I have Utah, Washington, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona."

Do you have a top list of schools at this point from schools that you've heard from or schools that you have yet to hear from?

"Arizona, I like USC a lot -- they've been talking to me, UCLA. That's my top three and Oregon is creeping up there."

Have you taken any unofficial visits yet or are you planning on taking any unofficial visits?

"I went to a couple of USC and UCLA games this year. This summer I'm going to Oregon, Oregon State, and Washington."

Have you selected any dates yet for your unofficial to Oregon?

"I think July 23 or 24...sometime that week, I don't know which days though."

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