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Five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson plans to unofficially visit USC

BEAVERTON, Ore — Marvin Wilson has been considered one of the country's top players for the better part of a year, and USC's chances at landing him may depend on whether they can get him on campus in the next two weeks.

USC has been pursuing Houston (Texas) Episcopal five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson for an unofficial visit since last summer.

After The Opening Finals, Wilson pledges that he will make it to Los Angeles to see USC. 

“I’ll be in Las Vegas around the 20th [of July], so not next week, but the week after, I plan on making it to USC,” said Wilson. “I have a basketball tournament, so I’m thinking that’s when I’ll head over and take that visit.”

However, Wilson has spoken to the USC coaching staff in person recently. The Trojans held a satellite camp with TCU, Ohio State and Alabama in Houston last month. That was Wilson’s first time meeting Trojans defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze in person. 

“I got to chill out with Coach Udeze and put a face to the name,” said Wilson. “I was just feeling him out seeing what type of person he was. I got to meet him and other people on their coaching staff, so it was cool.

“Coach Udeze is a real chill guy to hang out with. I could see myself being coached by him.”

On his visit to USC, Wilson has one main objective he wants to cross off his list. 

“The main thing is seeing what that Cali vibe is about,” said Wilson. “Being that far away from how, I want to check it out and see if I can feel comfortable there. “

Wilson has listed USC among his favorite college choices for the past few months, and while he is working toward an official top 10 soon, the Trojans are in a good spot to make his first cut.

“I have a very high interest level in them,” said Wilson. “Coach Udeze just seems like a different type of coach and I really like him.

“Coach [Tommie] Robinson is another guy I talk to also. I just get a good vibe with those guys and feel like they would be cool to play for.”

After the season, Wilson will make a list of his final five choices and then commit on national signing day. 

USC is recruiting Wilson to play the three-technique, although acknowledge that he could play nose guard or defensive end as well depending on the alignment of their defensive front. 

He notes that as a factor playing a positive role in his feelings for USC.

“They think I’m pretty versatile, and I like that they want me to come in and play multiple positions,” said Wilson. “It’s just crucial that I take that unofficial visit to see what the campus is really like. 

“USC is too far away to base everything off of an official, so I just got to get out there and check it out for myself.” 

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