West Hills Chaminade (Ca.) wide receiver Michael Wilson has seen his recruitment pick up over recent weeks. The 6-foot-2, 178-pound four-star wide receiver holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Purdue, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington and Yale.
On Tuesday, the Cardinal were the next to offer on Tuesday, something he had been waiting for a long time. With the offer, the Cardinal “absolutely” catapult themselves into one of the leaders for his recruitment. He also said Cal, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Notre Dame and Yale have been making a big push for him.
If you look at Wilson’s offer list, academically elite schools are all over.
“To me, the biggest sell is the academic sell. Football only lasts so long in your life and the most important thing is getting a degree,” Wilson said.
“There are certain outside influences: you can get hurt, your coach can leave….sometimes you just don't pan out the way you want to, maybe the offense changes. For me to get my degree, I'm the only person that can influence that.”
The wide receiver is coming off a season with 70 receptions, 1,278 and 12 touchdowns. He not only filled up the stat sheet as a receiver, but helped set the tone in the running game. Chaminade featured running back TJ Pledger, who rushed for 1,881 yards and 32 rushing touchdowns.
Wilson feels his approach to receiving and blocking helps him fit the Cardinal’s system.
“I think I fit in perfectly. I'm also a very good blocker. I have no problem getting gritty and maybe going up to a safety or a linebacker. I don't have a problem doing that,” Wilson said. “We ran the ball a lot, I had to make big-time, key blocks for (Pledger). I'm used to block him and that's one of my coaches biggest philosophies is receivers blocking.”
Wilson also recently visited The Farm for Junior Day a few weeks ago. He spent some time with wide receivers coach Tavita Pritchard and connected with multiple football players.
“I see a lot of myself in those people by not just being an athlete but a student-athlete,” Wilson said. “The humility and the generosity they showed, I felt like I was really want to go there, which I like. I had a really great connection with (Pritchard).”
For now, Wilson is focusing on certain aspects of his game in preparation for his senior year.
"Route running, creating separation explosion, quickness, those can always be improved upon," Wilson said.