Rutgers Looking at Pennsy Offensive Tackle

McKeesport (Pa.) High offensive tackle Christian Wilson's recruitment is about to intensify, but Rutgers has known about him for a while now. He was on the Scarlet Knights' campus last summer, and plans to be there again this summer. He is 6-foot-6, 315 pounds and hearing from several Big East schools. Wilson spoke to about his recruitment.

During his coaching career in western Pennsylvania, Jim Ward produced his share of Division I football players.

So, when the McKeesport (Pa.) High coach says 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle Christian Wilson's recruitment is about to intensify because his junior highlight tape is about to make the rounds, it holds plenty of water.

"The tape will speak for itself," Ward said. "He's an early offer kid."

Wilson has three schools on his current list: Rutgers, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

However, he acknowledges that despite being close to the Panthers' campus, he is "not really" hearing from the new coaching staff. That is after the former staff made quite an impression on him.

Wilson camped at Rutgers last spring, and he is planning on making another trip to New Jersey to camp again in June.

"Last year I went with (teammates) Branden Jackson and Kevin Johnson," Wilson said. "We got to talk to some of the coaches, the weight room is magnificent. We got to learn a little bit about everything, and we got to show off what can do, our skills. We got a good work out and got to see a few of the other players there."

Wilson is being recruited by Rutgers special teams coach Robb Smith, who is friends with Ward.

"Every time he was at the school (to recruit Jackson and Devlon Simmons), he checked in on me," Wilson said. "Last time they were here, I said I wanted to go to the one-day camp like we did last year."

Earlier this month Wilson visited West Virginia for junior day, and came away impressed with the program.

"It was really nice," Wilson said. "We learned about the academics, which is really important to me. We learned a little bit about the history, saw the field, the weight room. I spoke to the offensive line coach a little bit.

"He just got there recently so he didn't know a lot about West Virginia, but he talked about the offense they run. He's a nice guy."

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