Wilson Knows the Recruiting Drill

Devonte Wilson, the 6-3, 215-pound defensive end/linebacker prospect from Corona (Calif.) High, who has two scholarship offers so far, knows the recruiting drill, having three teammates last season commit to BCS schools...

Corona (Calif.) defensive end DeVonte Wilson (6-4, 235) has three of his teammates going to play at BCS schools next year, at Colorado, UCLA and USC.

Wilson has seen first-hand the recruiting process so it was no surprise for him when his first two scholarship offers came in.

"Playing with those guys gave me a good opportunity because coaches were coming to most of our games, and it gave me a chance to excel," said Wilson. "Of course, my three teammates want me to go to one of their schools."

Wilson's two offers so far are from Colorado and Arizona. Colorado signed teammate Chidera Uzo-Diribe, and they were the first school to offer Wilson. UCLA signed Jordon James and USC signed Demetrius Wright, and Wilson is waiting on offers from those two programs.

"The schools I'm hearing the most from that haven't offered are UCLA, Miami, USC and Nebraska," said Wilson. "And I'm hearing a lot from Colorado and Arizona, of course."

This weekend, Wilson is headed out to Arizona for the Wildcats' Junior Day. He also plans to visit USC and UCLA unofficially in the spring.

"Right now, my top five are USC, UCLA, Oregon, Miami and Arizona," said Wilson. "USC is my number one, that's who I grew up rooting for."

But Wilson said he won't be making an early decision. "I want to take some visits, go through the process and see how I like the schools," said Wilson.

Wilson said his versatility is giving him options on which position he'll end up playing in college. "I'm being recruited as an end but I could be a stand-up rush linebacker," said Wilson.

Wilson said his family is behind him whatever he chooses for his college future. "They want me to go to the school that has the best academics and good coaches and really a school I'm comfortable with," said Wilson.

Wilson intends to participate in the Nike Combine in Long Beach as well as the Nike Football Camp in Los Angeles.

This past year, he had 84 tackles for the Panthers, and earned all-league honors.

Academically, he has a 2.7 GPA and will take the SAT on March 13.


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