Introduction: Lucas Wilson

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You never know when a recruit will make a last minute decision to ink with another school or even make a visit to a rival.

For three-star tight end Lucas Wilson, his visit to Tennessee for the Orange & White game was just that — a last-minute decision.

"I kind of decided I was going to go at the last minute," Wilson told InsideTennessee. "I haven't had a lot of contact with the coaches at Tennessee yet. I just decided I was going to go on Thursday."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder got a chance to meet with the Tennessee coaching staff for the first time after receiving mail from the Volunteers periodically.

"I was getting some mail from them and I just wanted to go down to Tennessee," Wilson said. "I just decided two days prior to the game that I was going to go down there.

"It was my first time meeting the coaches and I met coach (Jay) Graham, my recruiter. I really liked the Knoxville area."

Tennessee running backs coach Graham is the lead on Wilson and let the rising senior know they would like to see him in camp this summer.

"We talked for a few quick minutes before I left," he said. "He just introduced himself and let me know that he had seen my film. He told me we would be in contact soon."

Wilson, who has offers from Air Force, East Carolina, North Carolina State, South Florida, Central Florida and Wake Forest, was impressed with the sheer energy for the Vols' spring game.

"It was definitely a lot of fun," Wilson said. "They had a lot of people there. More than is at a normal spring game. It was the biggest that I have been to for sure."

The Mount Tabor (N.C) High School product claims at 3.8 GPA and scored a 1610 on his first attempt at the SAT.

The most impressive part of the trip might have been the city itself.

"Everything that I saw on the visit I liked," Wilson said. "I loved the Knoxville area. The campus is great and they are building a new football facility that is top notch. That will be really cool."

The Winston Salem, N.C., native racked up 21 receptions for 400-yards and two touchdowns while earning all-conference honors as a junior.

Wilson, the No. 24 tight end in 2013 class according to, says he is a natural pass catcher with a developing blocking game.

"I am more of a receiving tight end," he said. "I played a lot of basketball before I started playing football. I am just natural at the route running and catching the ball.

"I am trying to put some more weight on before next season to get better at the blocking aspect of my game."

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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