On Film: When you score 16 touchdowns in your first three games, you can put together an impressive highlight film in only 180 minutes of play. Whenever Adarrus Wilson gets the ball in his hands he is a threat to score, and he does so as a receiver, intercepting pass and returning kicks.
Wilson’s 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame makes him a tough guard for high school defensive backs. In the red zone, defensive backs even concede that the jump balls are headed his way and do their best to disrupt Wilson who comes down with the ball anyway - seemingly with ease.
Wilson’s film shows a player who is not only a big body at receiver, but is also athletic too. He shows very impressive playmaking ability and also a lot of potential to improve even further.
Recruiting Impact: Adarrus Wilson first committed to Hawaii, but he was swayed to San Jose State while Hawaii’s coaching staff was in doubt last fall. SJSU is fortunate to keep him from landing with a conference foe.
Wilson was one of the fastest rising recruits in 2015, though he still remained largely under the radar. Wilson broke out with 16 touchdowns in his first three games of his senior season that helped bring attention his way.
Former recruiting coordinator Donte Williams was almost assuredly involved in landing Wilson, so credit is in order to the rest of the staff from keeping him when another school could have made a late run. Wilson landed offers from UNLV and Navy after his second decision.
Though many group of five schools land three-star recruits, a closer look at the rankings makes Wilson one of the most impressive lands of the 2016 class. Wilson ranks No. 14 in California and No. 17 in the West overall. Every receiver ahead of him in those rankings that signed ended up at a power-five school. Looking nationally, Wilson ranks 84th by Scout and only three receivers ahead of him landed at group of five schools (Houston (No. 43), USF (No. 71), Western Michigan (No. 81)).
You do not have to look much further on those rankings to find the next SJSU receiver commit. JaQuan Blackwell ranks No. 17 in California, No. 20 in the West and No. 106 nationally. The Spartans made quite a haul with their two receivers in the 2016 class.
Expert Opinion: “We first saw Wilson at USC's summer camp and he looked tremendous. He's a long, athletic pass catcher with great bounce and body control. He's a natural pass catcher as well and should see his recruitment take off after giving an early commitment to Hawaii.” - Greg Biggins, Scout.com.
Quotable: “I’m working on catching the ball with one hand because this year the DBs that are guarding me, they know me,” Wilson said of his senior season. “So they always grab me with one arm so I have to catch the ball with one hand sometimes... I want to be able to run a 4.3. I want a lot more separation.”
Coach's Comment: "A'Darrus has a nice combination of size, speed and hands that can make him an outstanding receiver," SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher said. "He has a good feel for going up and getting the ball at its highest point."
Final Thought: Adarrus Wilson wasn’t well known, even so when he committed to SJSU, but he may be one of the biggest steals in the 2016 recruiting class. Spartans fans were up in arms when the program landed receiver prospects Taeon Mason, Jeremy Kelly (and Kanya Bell) last year, but Wilson may turn out to be better than any of them.