Talented FL OL Considering Deacs

Without question, James Wilson is one of the nation's top prospect. Sure, most talent evaluators will tell you that Noel Devine, Arrelious Benn, or Jimmy Clausen are more "talented", but James Wilson has the physical skills to be dominant at the next level – and so much more.

Though talented in his own right on the football field, already earning offers from the some of the powerhouse schools such as Florida State, Florida, Michigan, and Southern Cal, James Wilson has much more. Wilson is just as "talented" off of the field, where the well-spoken Wilson possesses a GPA right at a 3.0, a great attitude, a humble personality, and an impressive demeanor.

It is that attitude and hard work that has brought him to the top class of 2007 at the offensive lineman position. Wilson works on his skills year-round, lifting, running, attending velocity training, or participating in track & field events. At Nease High School, home of Florida's 2005 state champs, football is a year-round job.

"We already started our O-Line meetings about two weeks ago," Wilson noted. "Two days a week we'll meet up, go through plays, and work out. We start early so we're ready when the season comes."

That hard work at Nease brought a state title last season and helped to send seniors to Wake Forest, Alabama, Florida, Southern Miss, Florida International, East Carolina, and Troy on scholarships. It has also punched Wilson's ticket to take his pick of schools around the country.

To date, Wilson has eleven scholarship offers including Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Wake Forest, Southern Cal, Ole Miss, Hawaii, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, and Maryland. The recruiting process has begun to heat up for Wilson, but the 6'4, 305-pound offensive lineman is taking it all in stride. "I'm enjoying every minute of it knowing hard work has paid off over the years," he noted. "It's good to know you've got so many offers you can't [remember them all.] I've got to just keep doing what I'm doing and stay humble."

Athletes receiving so much attention often struggle to remain humble, but don't expect that to be a problem for the unassuming Wilson. Talk to his coaches or those that know him and they will tell you what an impressive person the St. Petersburg, Florida native happens to be.

They will also tell you that he is equally impressive on the football field. "Well I think my strong suit is probably my ability to pull and get around the edges, get down field and make blocks," Wilson remarked when asked his strengths on the football field. "I can also get out there and block the small guys on the edges. That's the most fun."

It is this ability that has earned him offers from across the country and has also given him the chance to visit several schools early in his recruitment. "I've been down to UF," Wilson said. "I've been to Alabama a few times. I know I'm going to UF's spring game. Alabama's spring game. And I really want to see Wake's spring game. The coach said he's going to work on their shotgun because they haven't thrown as much in the past. I'm trying to get on as many unofficials as I can and see places so I can decide which schools I want to visit on my officials."

While UF and Alabama are historically powerhouse football programs, Wake Forest is a school that most analysts who follow the program believe is on the rise under Coach Jim Grobe. Wilson visited Wake Forest this past weekend along with Demon Deacon signee and former Nease High School football star Hunter Haynes.

According to Wilson, the visit really changed the way he looked at Wake Forest. "I wasn't really looking at them, but now that I went up there, I'm really considering them," he said. "I feel like they've got the things I'm looking for and they're a program that's on the rise."

"I went over there and really liked the campus," Wilson continued. "I liked how everything was real close together. I got to meet Coach Elrod and Coach Lobo. I got to see the facility. I like the way they run their offense. It's real basic and can be learned and run easily and they said I could play early. They talked about the academics and that's one of the things I'm really looking at."

While the Demon Deacons certainly turned Wilson's head this past weekend, he is hesitant to name a top five so early in his recruitment. "Not yet," Wilson said when asked if he had a top group of schools. "I'm just trying to see who's going after me and will figure it out."


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