Wilson's Recruitment Heats Up

Fresno (Calif.) Central running back Nick Wilson has earned offers from six different schools, and has several more talking to him quite a bit...

Fresno (Calif.) Central running back Nick Wilson has earned offers from six schools, including Arizona, Boise State, California, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Washington State, but says that there are still a few schools he's hoping will offer.

"I'm really excited about the offers I've gotten so far," Wilson said. "If there were a few more I'd be looking forward to, they'd be Washington, Arizona State, and UCLA."

UCLA Defensive Coordinator Lou Spanos has been Wilson's main contact with the UCLA staff, and Wilson says he's talked to him a few times. Wilson's family originated in the L.A. area, so there are some local ties.

Still, Wilson, the 5-11, 195-pounder, is comfortable with the idea of moving across the country to play in the SEC, and actually said that with the way his family is spread out, everywhere kind of feels like home.

"I've got family everywhere," Wilson said. "Even if I went to Arkansas or Tennessee, I've got family within a couple of hours. So location really won't be a big deal."

One thing that Wilson knows is that he wants to make a decision as soon as possible after he takes his official visits in the fall.

"I don't want the recruitment to be a big distraction, even though it definitely is going to be," Wilson said. "As soon as I'm able to start taking official visits, I want to get them out of the way. Once the final one is done, I want to make a decision really soon after that."

Wilson, understandably, doesn't know where he'll be taking his officials yet, or exactly how many he'll take, saying that it could number four or five depending on how many offers he gets.

After saying that Arizona led last year, after the Wildcats were the first to offer, Wilson said that he didn't have a leader at this point. He said his father is taking a large role in his recruitment and that the two are taking a methodical, measured approach to the process.

Wilson said that he's planning to attend Cal's Junior Day on March 2nd, which will prevent him from playing in the NLA 7 on 7 Tournament in Las Vegas as he had originally planned. He said he also may take unofficial visits to San Jose State and UNLV, in accordance with various trips and tournaments he'll be participating in this spring.

Wilson's high school produced a number of elite prospects last year, and he said that he relied on a lot of their advice through the early part of the recruiting cycle.

"I talked to (Oklahoma signee) L.J. (Moore) and (UCLA signee) Johnny Johnson all the time during their recruitment, just picking their brain about different things coaches said to them," Wilson said. "I think it's helped prepare me for this process as well, and making a good decision in picking a school."

Academically, Wilson is in good shape, sporting a 3.5 GPA.

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