Vanderbilt Interested in West Coast LB

Vanderbilt has signed few prospects from the West coast in recent years, but if the 'Dores offer a Washington linebacker that could change in 2008.

Johnny Wilson, a 6-0, 210-pound linebacker from Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, WA is hearing from a lot of schools but still waiting for his first offer. Vanderbilt is one of those schools showing interest, and it would be hard for Wilson to pass up an offer from the Commodores.

"Right now I'm getting a lot of letters and interest from schools," said Wilson. "There are about 16 different schools looking at me. I'm really looking hard at places like Washington, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Georgia Tech and a few others. None have offered me yet but they're very interested at this point."

Wilson does not have any camps or visits planned this summer citing financial considerations, but did say he would be interested in visiting Vanderbilt later in the recruiting process.

"Vanderbilt is one school I'm very interested in," he said. "I'd love to take a trip out there. It's a long way, but they've sent me a lot of information and based on all I know I think it would be a great place to go to school. I really want to get a good education and that's one of the best places you can go for that. I really like the history of their school. They've emphasized that they do a good job with linebackers, too. I really like #47 (Jonathan Goff), and I'd love to be a part of that tradition."

Wilson has his head on straight with regard to what he's looking for in a football program.

"Obviously I want to be on a winning team, but the biggest thing for me will be finding a fatherlike figure in the coach. I want the other guys on the team to be my brothers - guys who will stick up for each other and be really tight. Those bonds are going to be important to me."

While Wilson's decision will hinge on what offers he receives it sounded as though an offer from Vanderbilt may be all it takes to end the recruiting process. He said that ideally he would have a decision made within the next two months."

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