On his visit to Vanderbilt this past weekend, Wilson committed to the Commodores.
"I just felt it was more like home to me," Wilson tells The Bootleg. "I was comfortable there and there was an opportunity in terms of playing time."
While Wilson is not the first Stanford recruit to sign elsewhere since Big Visit, following Luke Kuechly's commitment to Boston College, Davon Custis' to Northwestern, and Michael Philipp making the 40-year decision to attend Oregon State, the Evangel Christian Academy (La.) product's path is unique in two regards.
First, the Stanford coaches left word with Wilson this past weekend that he had been admitted to the Farm.
"It was while I was on my visit to Vandy," Wilson reports. "I actually didn't talk to them, because I had to go to one of the classes on the visit, and they called when I was in the class. But they left a voicemail."
Despite hearing the news over voicemail, and despite not signing with the Cardinal, Wilson says he's glad he went through the application process.
"It was something I went through that made me a better person in the end, so I don't regret doing it at all," he said.
Stanford fans also will be interested to note that Wilson, who would have been one of the lowest-rated recruits in Stanford's top-15 Class of 2009, wasn't sure a spot for him even remained at Stanford.
"Once I got home [from my Stanford visit], I read how a cornerback recruit committed and my spot might have been taken," Wilson said. "During the visit, another recruit committed and maybe took the scholarship I had. I'm not sure. The coaches didn't say anything about it to me." Note - The Bootleg believes Wilson was very much in the staff's plans
Fellow two-star corner Terrance Brown (Orange, Calif.) committed to the Card during Stanford's Big Visit weekend. Whether or not there was ultimately a spot in the 25-man maximum recruiting class for Wilson, the fact that he would have had to compete with yet another cornerback also turned him off from the Cardinal.
"The depth chart at Stanford had a lot of young DBs," Wilson said. "That was a big factor."
So now Wilson heads to Vanderbilt, excited about the improved odds of early playing time, and the fact that he'll be playing in the conference he was born and bred with, the SEC.
"That's something I've been thinking about since I was young," Wilson said of
playing in the SEC. "The second game next season is LSU, my hometown
Stay tuned to The Bootleg through National Signing Day as we continue to report on all Stanford's 2009 recruits – whether they end up on the Farm or elsewhere.
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