When Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Marco Wilson decided to fly across the country to attend the Rising Stars Camp at USC, he didn’t want to land, lock down and then leave. He wanted to get a full experience of being a Trojan.
Even though he only participated in the camp’s morning session on Wednesday, Wilson stayed in Los Angeles from Tuesday until Saturday.
“It was real nice. I really enjoyed the trip,” Wilson said. “I talked to a lot of the coaches. I thought they were really, really, really cool. I took a tour of the campus and everything. I really liked everything about it.”
The Trojans have become one of the frontrunners for the 6-foot, 175-pound four-star’s services.
“I really liked them. They are one of the main schools that I'm paying attention to right now,” Wilson said. “If I do take my officials, I will definitely come back.”
Wilson says if on official visits because he hasn’t set a commitment date. He could soon make a decision...or he could wait until after the season. Rather than forcing a decision, he’s waiting until he feels the timing is right. He’s looking at several factors at the schools he is considering, but one is at the forefront of his desires.
“I’m paying attention to teams’ depth charts. One thing that is really important for me is the college that I'm going to, I want to play early, so I can hurry up and get my career started. Also, I just want to make sure that the coaches will make me a better player than what I am coming out of high school.”
It might seem like oxymoronic, but Wilson feels there are early playing time opportunities available at USC because of how talented the Trojans’ collection of defensive backs are. Rather than viewing the current crop as the players blocking his way to playing time, Wilson expects that multiple USC players will be departing early for the NFL Draft, opening up chances to play.
During his down time around the portions he participated in at Rising Stars Camp, Wilson spent time with fellow Florida defensive back Keyshawn Young and Freshman All-American corner Iman Marshall. He also spent time chatting with the USC coaching staff, including defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford.
“He just loves the way I play. He wants to recruit me hard and get me over there to USC,” Wilson said. That stemmed from Wilson’s performance using his physicality to keep receivers from getting clean releases and his ability to stick with wideouts once they got downfield.
“I did pretty good. I handled my business,” he said of his Rising Stars effort. “I just showed them what I've got. I made sure that they saw that I'm a good cover guy and that I belong at a school like that.”