4-Star JUCO LB narrows it down to USF, UM

This is where big wins against West Virginia and Auburn really pay off, with recruits like Kion Wilson. Now the Bulls find them in a new battle, this time it's with Miami and it's for the services of one of the top JUCO LB's in the country. Find out what visits he plans on taking, why he likes each school and much more. Only on USFNation.com!

At this point in the recruiting season there are not many big names to introduce, but this is one to remember. Kion Wilson is a 6'1.5, 235 pound strong side linebacker at Pearl River Junior College. He is one of the top LB's in the country and had an excellent freshman year. In 2006 he racked up 117 tackles, 2 INT's, 6 sacks and a defensive touchdown. This year he's off to another great start.

"I have no idea what my stats are this season, I'm playing well and I'm on the path to graduate in December, that's all that matters."

A graduate of Jacksonville Raines in 2006, Wilson committed to Illinois but never played due to academics. He is now looking forward to getting back into division one football.

"I'm excited to get out of here, but at the same time this has been a good experience." Wilson added, "Man, this is a reality check, playing here in Mississippi made me grow-up fast. There is nothing to do here but play football and work on your grades. It's been a humbling process."

Wilson is ready to graduate and get back to playing football in Florida. Even though he committed to Illinois, he says there is no chance he'll be playing there in the future.

"No, no, no. I will not be playing there. They haven't called me in a long time or offered me a scholarship. They are recruiting one of my best friends and they ask about me all the time, but that's about it."

Right now Wilson says he has narrowed it down to two.

"South Florida and Miami are my two choices."

On the Bulls:
"They recruited me in high school, I got to know Coach Burnham and liked what they had to offer back then. Now they have put themselves on the map and it's a very attractive place to play."

On the Hurricanes:
"I like the staff they put in place. Coach Shannon and those guys seem like they got everything headed in the right direction. "

As of today, Wilson says he wants to take a visit to each school. He has one visit set with USF for November 17th and is still working on a date for Miami. Besides that he doesn't plan on taking any more visits. The only other possibility would be UNC and Louisville who have only recently started to show interest.

My Take:
In year's past this would be an easy signing for Miami. Going head-to-head with USF was child's play. The battle for Kion Wilson is a great measuring stick for this year's class. Every year I identify a recruit or two that signifies where South Florida stands in the recruiting world. This is a great one to keep an eye on. If USF can land a prospect like Kion Wilson from a team that churns out pro-LB's like the "U" does, then it shows the Bulls are becoming a real force in recruiting. Stay tuned, we'll have more as it develops.


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