6'4, 308 lbs.
Nease HS. St. Augustine, FL
TYPE OF PLAYER: It has been said throughout time that games are won and lost in the trenches. And there is no question that the success of the 2007 recruiting class will rest heavily on how well the Trojan coaching staff can recruit those "hog mollies" up front. An already solid offensive line class was given a sudden boost when James Wilson, a four star prospect, verbally committed to the University of Southern California over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Wilson is the ideal offensive guard prospect, combining surprising athleticism and quickness for a player over 300 lbs. Wilson is a very balanced player who is solid in all aspects of the game. Wilson is also a very valuable part this class, as the Trojans are looking to load up on offensive linemen in the next two years.
WHAT WE LIKE: James Wilson possesses all of the tools you look for when recruiting a high school prospect. He combines ideal size, 6'4 308 lbs., with solid athleticism and excellent strength. Wilson is very good at the point of attack, creating a low base allowing maximum balance against his opponents. Wilson uses his athleticism and strength to lock up defenders until the play is over. He has a very high motor, never giving up on the play until the whistle blows.
One thing that stands out to me with Wilson is how well he does in pass pro and run blocking. Wilson has been described by his coaches as someone who is easy to teach, and it shows in the way he plays. Wilson possesses a very balanced game for a player his age, and is always looking to learn more. Wilson also does a very good job pulling from the guard spot, showing quickness and an ability to block on the move.
Normally I will go on and on about a player's abilities on the field, but I couldn't help but notice what a team player Wilson was during the Rising Senior Camp held at USC back in June. Wilson displayed excellent character, as he was always the first one to congratulate his teammates during one-on-one's. Wilson was always the first one in line, and he ran through any and all forms of competition the coaches put in front of him.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: When evaluating film on Wilson, there are very few things you find that he needs to work on. One area that Wilson can improve upon is his quickness off the ball. It is not an area in need of drastic change, but shaving a little time on his get off can go a long way. While Wilson is a very good prospect, there are always things he will need to work on before making an impact at SC; such as quickness, strength, speed, and technique.
REMINDS US OF: Wilson reminds me a lot Chilo Rachal coming out of high school. Both players are very athletic for their size, and do a great job at the point of attack. Wilson is two inches shorter than Rachal, but outside of the height, Wilson and Rachal were fairly similar coming out of the high school ranks. And if Wilson can turn into the player Chilo is becoming, then watch out in the future.
DID YOU KNOW: Wilson took a trip to South Bend to check out the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame weeks before his trip to Southern California. Not only did Wilson enjoy his time in South Bend, but they were even declared a heavy favorite to attain his commitment. That all changed when the Trojan Coaching Staff gave Wilson the full court press during the Rising Senior Camp, eventually receiving Wilson's verbal commitment.
WILSON SAYS: "My strength is my athleticism and my timing to get out on screens. I need to work on my overall speed. I need to get quicker off my starts. I'm working on building up my strength so I can lower my 40-time."