Wilson Sold on Texas

The Longhorns officially picked up their 21st commitment of the 2010 class on Tuesday afternoon when Haltom defensive end Reggie Wilson announced his intentions to attend the University of Texas. The 6-3, 238-pound top 50 prospect is the second defensive end prospect and fifth defensive line prospect to announce for the Longhorns.

Reggie Wilson liked the University of Texas from the start. What Wilson had grown accustomed to seeing was the success on the football field. Not until the last couple of months due to a pair of unofficial visits did Wilson place the academics together with the football at Texas that led to his decision last week to pick the Longhorns over hometown TCU.

On Tuesday at 3:25, Wilson announced before family, friends, coaches, teachers and counselors why he picked the Longhorns.

"I always liked the University of Texas," Wilson said. "They were always one of my favorite schools. When I went over to Austin with my parents, they liked the school and they have a good business school. They are one of the top five in business in the entire nation. That was a big reason why I committed and you know, they are good people and I feel comfortable with them. Coach Giles, Coach Tolleson and I feel like they are people that will be there for me regardless of football being there or not. Ultimately, when I get there, I want to win a national championship and get a good education."

Wilson, the #41 ranked player in the country in the Scout 100, pointed to his relationship with Coach Tolleson as a major reason why he picked the Longhorns along with Coach Muschamp.

"Coach Muschamp would always send me letters and tell me about defensive ends he helped develop. Mainly it was Jason Taylor when he coached for the Miami Dolphins. Coach Tolley was the main one that got my attention. He told me that if you come to the university or don't come here, he'd always be your biggest fan. That really touched me because he liked me as a person and not just a top recruit in Texas or the nation. Him telling me that he would be there for me no matter where I went to school meant something to me," Wilson said.

The two time first team all-district pick and district newcomer of the year as a sophomore fielded offers from coast to coast from the likes of USC, Oklahoma, TCU, Notre Dame, Florida State, California and Florida among others in addition to Texas.

Wilson first trimmed his list to three, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma before eventually trimming to a final two. His mother also wanted Wilson to consider Notre Dame, but he told her it was too far from home.

"I broke it down to TCU and Texas. I just went down to Austin with my family to see the campus and I was going to TCU next. When we got on campus, my mom, dad and brothers fell in love with the campus and the things they had to offer in the business school with me wanting to major in business. My mom and brothers thought Texas was the school for me," Wilson said.

Haltom defensive line coach Chason Hale says the Longhorns are getting a person that has qualities just as special as his vast array of talents.

"I think Reggie Wilson is a super kid," said Hale. "He identifies every aspect you look for out of a student athlete. He's got all the physical attributes and the mental attributes to really be something big in this world and he's just a great kid. Reggie is a hard worker, someone that you would be proud to call your son."

Because Wilson is such a terrific combination of quickness, speed, change of direction, strength, long arms and strong hands, at times he can just play using his raw ability as it comes easy at the high school level. This spring headed into his senior season, Coach Hale is going to stress the fundamentals and not trying to do too much to the five star talent.

"Fundamentals are what we are working on. Sometimes when a guy is a super athlete like Reggie is, you lose the fundamentals. We are working on proper footwork, doing his job ant trying to do too much," Hale said.

Wilson is working diligently this spring and summer to put him in position to be a mid-term graduate as a senior and enroll at Texas in the spring of 2010.

Wilson joins St. Pius X's Greg Daniels as defensive end prospects in the 2010 class as well as defensive tackles Taylor Bible, Ashton Dorsey and De'Aires Cotton to form a defensive line class that will stack up with any in the country.

The Longhorns are still in pursuit of Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat.

Check out this photo gallery from the press conference and exclusive photos from Wilson's athletic period workout before the press conference.

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