I said it back in March and it still holds true today: Stanford badly needs cornerbacks in this class. Of the seven games that the Cardinal have played this year, 10 starts have come from fourth year players Leigh Torrence (six) and Stanley Wilson (four). The depth at the position is typically thin, and to bring both the talent and depth at cornerback to the level where the linebackers and defensive line stand today, a bumper crop of blue chips is needed.
The "hottest" cornerback recruit on the board would be the newest offeree: Terry Wilson from Serra High School (Gardena, CA). Wilson stands 5'11" and 185 pounds, and serves as a two-way threat for the Cavaliers with his 4.4 speed. He plays quarterback for the 5-3 team, though his numbers have been limited by a two-game absence with an ankle sprain, as well as the running style of the offense. He has still managed better than 56% on 26 of 46 passing for five scores and only one interception. Wilson can also take off and run the ball himself, as evidenced by his 9.0 yards per carry (21-188) and three rushing touchdowns.
On defense, Wilson plays aggressive man coverage that jams receivers off the line of scrimmage, whether at cornerback or free safety. He has 21 tackles on the season and an interception. "I'm still working on improving my footwork, and trying to explode more out of my breaks," the Serra senior comments.
His performances have attracted nearly blanket attention from the Pac-10, including offers from Colorado in August and Stanford in September. His top schools at this time include that pair plus Arizona, Washington, Washington State and Oregon.
"Everybody is pretty much 'talk' to me right now," the savvy recruit opines. "I need to see things at these schools for myself before I can sort my list out. I'll almost definitely visit Stanford, Colorado and Arizona - at least."
Wilson does have a very positive opinion of the Cardinal right now, though. "Coach Tom Williams has been recruiting me and he's a pretty cool guy," the cornerback target begins. "We talk about the cornerback depth they have at Stanford and how they aren't afraid to play young guys. He says I can really help them out. And engineering is something I'd like to study - Stanford is the top engineering program in the country."
One important detail Wilson is working on is the Stanford admissions application. He carries a 3.2 GPA in the classroom and has scored a 1020 SAT, but that test was taken his junior year. With a goal of a Stanford admission in sight, he is retaking the test in December. We will watch the status of his application and retake, as well as any schedule visits, for this exciting Los Angeles cornerback talent.
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