LB Ramik Wilson Names Top Five, Plus One

Jefferson High (Tampa, Fla.) linebacker Ramik Wilson holds more than 20 offers, but he trimmed his list to a top five one. Wilson talked to about his recruitment, how he came about choosing a top five and which school is still in play despite not being in his list of five. Find out where Rutgers stands in the process for the 6-foot-3, 2250-pounder.

Jefferson High (Tampa, Fla.) linebacker Ramik Wilson named a top five, but there is a caveat because he said there is a bit of uncertainty regarding one school.

"Texas Tech, Purdue, Arkansas, Minnesota and Georgia," Wilson said. "It's pretty close with all five."

Each has offered, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Wilson is leaving room on his list for one more school, which continues to remain in contact with him.

"Rutgers, they're still recruiting me," Wilson said. "It's really a top six with them because they still don't really know what to do with me. The other schools, they know what to do with me. Like Purdue, they want me strictly for the mike linebacker and third-and fourth-and-long, I'll go to defensive end.

"Rutgers mostly wants me for d-end, but I still could play some linebacker. I really don't know that much about the depth chart, though. But I'm still real interested in them."

Wilson's interest piqued in the Scarlet Knights after former Jefferson teammate Fred Overstreet signed with Rutgers in February.

The two continue to talk regularly, and Overstreet is giving his former teammate a hard sell about joining him in New Jersey.

Wilson was offered in April by Rutgers, and he explained why his interest level is so high.

"First, they're becoming a real good team, and coach (Randy) Melvin, the defensive line coach, he's telling me some real good stuff," Wilson said. "I've got a teammate up there, and he's been telling me I need to come up there."

Beyond Rutgers, Wilson had different reasons for selecting his five schools.

"Purdue and Texas Tech, they were my first two offers," he said. "They were with me the first day when I started getting offers. Georgia and Arkansas are big schools and they came a little bit later, but they're big schools and they came calling and I have a chance to play there."

While many recruits struggle to trim a list, Wilson found the process of cutting down from nearly two dozen offers quite simple.

"It was kind of easy because those were the main schools that really, really wanted me" he said. "You could tell by how they sent me letters and they called me during the period when they can call you, and I talked to the head coach. They wrote me letters and showed me over attention. Those five stood out."

Wilson will make his decision after taking official visits.

"I've seen Georgia already. It's real nice," he said. "I'm down to those five and then I'll take my visits and when I find the right school, they're going to get me. It's going to be a signing day thing because I need to go see every place so I get a feel for them."

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