DeVante Wilson Talks About Greyshirting

After taking summer classes at USC, DeVante Wilson was forced to take time off from school and greyshirt after a knee injury derailed him. Now, he will enroll again in January as one of the Trojan's midyear enrollees.

With nearly every incoming recruiting class, there is always one player who doesn't join the team in August.

Either he is academically ineligible. Or injured. Or just simply MIA.

DeVante Wilson was 'that guy' for the Trojans in 2011. After graduating in June, the defensive end took two summer classes at USC before suffering a knee injury.

Wilson was forced to greyshirt after having surgery Aug. 9.

"It was open knee surgery," Wilson said. "They took a graph from my patella tendon."

Since then, Wilson has taken time off from school and rehabbed. But as the offseason is set to kick in, so, too, is Wilson. His four classes are already set. He's taking a class in video games, math, American Studies and writing.

And he's already set a Trojan mindset.

"We just go over plays and [the players] tell me to come ball and get ready," he said of his teammates' advice.

During the fall, Wilson would take a train from Anaheim, Calif. to the university and work out with USC's strength and conditioning staff. He would see players, but it was a tough time.

"Yeah it was [boring] not being around my teammates again and being so far away," Wilson said.

The three-star recruit from Corona (Calif.) Senior High School also played middle linebacker with the Panthers. He was listed at 6-3, 215 now. Wilson said he's since grown to 6-5, 240.

And he has already developed a relationship with famous recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who he described as "crazy, but a good crazy."

Expecting to be ready to play by spring football, Wilson said Orgeron told him "there's a chance" he can make an impact next season at weakside end.

"I bring a speed off the edge, I'm more of a pass rush[er]," he said.

The greyshirter watched the Trojans' successful 2011 campaign under ends Nick Perry, Devon Kennard and Wes Horton, and can't wait to get in the action next season.

"I thought it was great. I feel like we would have gotten to the Rose Bowl if we hadn't had the sanctions."

Next season, Wilson will stop watching and start playing. He's a critical piece, especially if he wants to help his Trojans start bowling.


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