One of the first things that college coaches look for when they start recruiting high school athletes is whether or not a certain athlete passes the "eye test." Meaning, do they look like a division one football player. Well when it comes to Utah's newest commit, WR/S George Wilson from Tustin High School in Tustin, California, the answer to that question is a definite yes. At 6'3 and approximately 180lbs, Wilson has a sure fire "D1" body, as his long frame and huge wingspan is something that any college coach would desire for their program.
On Sunday, Wilson called up the Utah coaching staff, and committed to being a Ute for the next 4-5 years. "(The decision to commit) just felt right. I talked with my family, and prayed about it a lot, and the timing just felt right. I know in my heart that this is the right decision for me." For Wilson, and most other recruits, one of the most important factors in their recruitments is the relationship they have with a schools' coaching staff, and that may be the primary reason for why Wilson decided on the Utes. "Coach Roderick is my main recruiter, and I have a great relationship with him, as well as the rest of the staff. Coach Roderick has been down to my school a couple of times, and were always talking, so I really like him and the rest of the coaches."
Utah is currently set to graduate three wide receivers after the 2014 season, so wide receiver is a priority for the 2015 recruiting class. However, Utah could also use a few more bodies at safety, as there will be two graduating safeties as well. Wilson could fit in at either position. "The coaching staff likes me as both a wide receiver and a safety, so they're not sure which position I'll be playing exactly. I don't have a preference for either position, I just want to be on the field and play." There are a lot of skills that translate well between a receiver and a safety, and Wilson feels he has the skillset to excel at either position. "I'm a big athlete, and I feel my ball skills and my ability to out jump defenders is what separates me from other players. I'm really good at going up and getting the ball."
With a commitment out of the way, Wilson is now focusing on his upcoming season with his team, a season in which they have a lot of proving to do. "I don't really have any statistical goals for myself, I'm just focused on trying to win a CIF title for my team. Last year was a down year for us, as we went 1-9. We were really young, but I feel like we have a lot good play makers this year. We'll for sure be a lot better than last year."
The early commitment however, won't stop Wilson from hearing from other potential schools, as he wants to be 100% sure about where he eventually ends up. "I'd say I'm a soft commitment right now because I don't want to shut down my recruitment just yet. I still wanna hear what other schools have to offer, but I really like Utah and that's why I decided to commit." As for who else he's hearing from, "I'd say Kansas is recruiting my pretty hard right now, and they could definitely be close to offering." Wilson also currently holds offers from UMass, San Jose State and Portland State.
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