Vols in Hunt for Mississippi ‘Condo'

Calvin Wilson is fast enough to operate in open space and he's big enough to block out the sun — little wonder the 6-foot-6, 338-pound Hattiesburg High School senior is a rising star in the Class of 2005.

A two-way starter since his sophomore season, Wilson was named Hattiesburg Defensive Lineman of the Year in addition to earning all-district honors last year. He was recently selected to the 2004 Dandy Dozen in Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger. He is rated No. 78 among the Southeast's Hot 100 as ranked by The Insiders.

Wilson's reputation has grown since attending football camps at LSU and Auburn this summer and he is currently considering those schools as well as the three D-I in-state schools (Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Mississippi State). Tennessee is the sixth school contending for the Condo's signature.

Although Wilson is not quite large enough to have yet earn his own zip code, remarkably, he still has room to grow. He won't turn 18 until Jan. 16, 2005. That's enough to get any line coach excited about his potential but there's more to Calvin Wilson that meets the eye.

He is also agile enough to have play basketball for Hattiesburg varsity squad for which he averaged 10 points and five rebounds last season. Furthermore, he runs a 5.2 in the 40 and he recently reports running a fantastic five flat.

"I am 6-6, 338, and the last time I ran it (the 40), I did it in a 5.0 flat," he stated. "That's what I ran at LSU's camp."

Wilson has played on the varsity football team since he was a freshman and could play either side of the line on the next level. Most teams are interested in him as an offensive lineman who has the quick feet, long reach and giant girth to protect the quarterback from backside pressure and a blind-side hit.

Wilson is also a solid student with a 2.5 GPA and a passing ACT score.

LSU and Ole Miss appear to have an early edge with Wilson while Tennessee has ground to make up. One thing in the Vols favor is the fact Phillip Fulmer is an old offensive lineman who has a track record for developing O-linemen. Wilson also has an interest in seeing UT's facilities which should help the Vols get a visit.

If Wilson makes an official visit to Knoxville, the Vols might want to send a cargo plane.


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