Similar to many signees, Jamal Wilson is happy to have the recruiting process officially brought to a close. "It feels good..I feel that I did the right thing (selecting Rutgers). For Wilson, it was an easy and quick decision. "I went there on my junior day (visit). In May, I told my coach things do not get any better than this. My recruiting coach is my offensive line coach a real plus. It felt like a family. One of the fellows that I use to play with Keith Stroud was there. He would tell me things that I should and should not do. Plus, it was close to home and I did not feel like going too far away."
Initially, Wilson was expecting to join Andre Civil and Mohamed Sanu as January enrollees. However, he needed another math class in order to enroll early. As a result his enrollment has been delayed until June when he will attend Rutgers summer school. His number one priority will be to get his Rutgers degree. "On football, I want to help the team to reach its potential - a Big East Championship or National Championship. I'm looking just to help and do anything to make the team better."
Until he arrives on campus, he is working hard in preparation for his Rutgers career. "I have been weight lifting and running everyday. I am also doing footwork and hand placement drills. On Monday, I should be getting the workout and diet plan. They are expecting me to lose some weight, right now I am not sure how much. I am at 344lbs. (But) I would like to report in the 315lbs to 325lbs range."
Although he is working hard in preparation for the next step in his football career, he is planning on getting use to college before getting on the field. "I am expecting to redshirt. I really want to just use to playing divison 1 football. There is no need to rush stuff. But if there is a chance to play early, I will go for it. I will not give that shot up".
Wilson stays in contact with Tom Savage, Andre Civil, Robert Joseph and Mohamed Sanu. Last week he has the opportunity to talk to Andre Civil who has recently enrolled at Rutgers. "Andre said it is tough. The tempo of the workout is fast. The first week is a killer. You need to get use to the tempo but once you do you are straight."
Before he gets to Rutgers, he will likely play in a few football games. He was nominated to play in the All-State All-Star Game and Boomer Game. In December, he played in the Brooklyn All-Star game with Andre Civil.
Wilson's message to Rutgers fans - "I am coming there to play. I am going there to take Rutgers to a Big East and National Championship. I will give it everything that I have."
Photos from Jamal Wilson's Signing Day Event