Small Town Gem On The Rise

Elkhart, Texas athlete Jeffrey Wilson has two offers and is receiving interest from TCU.

Down in east Texas is the tiny town of Elkhart, population 1,372, resides one of the bigger sleepers in the 2014 class; Jeffrey Wilson.

Several colleges have shown interest in the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wilson, who stars at runningback and defensive back for the Elks. Although his team finished 2-8 on the season, Wilson did as much as he could to help the Elks get in the win column. On the year, Wilson rushed 2,329 yards and 26 touchdowns in just 10 games. That included a 401-yard and 5 touchdown performance against Franklin.

Wilson has garnered offers from North Texas and Louisiana-Monroe and says UTEP and Texas State could be next. Wilson already has options to choose from and the only question remaining is which side of the ball he'll play on.

"It's really 50/50 right now," he said. "I still have another year to see which side of the ball I play. Everyone is recruiting me at runningback. North Texas is about the same as TCU, they're looking at me as a runningback and defensive back."

Speaking of TCU, Wilson attended a Frogs' satellite in Kilgore last week and was one of the more impressive prospects in attendance. Wilson drew the attention from several coaches during the camp and in return he got a chance to interact with them.

"The coaches have a winning environment to them, they all have the right tempo and all want to win," he said. "But, they just don't want to win; they want to help us as a person. I can see that in all of the coaches, it looks like a very good program."

Wilson says in the times he watched TCU games in 2012 he liked the Frogs' style of play.

"I watched them a little last year and run the ball," he said. "In college I basically watch everybody; there's not just one team I particularly watch. But I did watch them and they were pretty tight."

TCU head coach Gary Patterson insisted to the camp attendees last week that they should visit TCU if they are interested. Wilson didn't hesitate when asked if that's something he'll do this summer.

"That's a no brainer, I'll go visit the campus," he said.

As a fan of TCU since he was a small kid, Wilson says an offer from the Frogs would put them at the top.

"TCU would be at the top of the list," he said. "I've liked them since I was a little kid; them and Oklahoma. It would definitely put them at the top of the list for me."

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