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A conversation with Tyree Wilson's high school coach: What the Cougs are getting in Texas verbal

NEW COUGAR VERBAL TYREE WILSON is taller than we thought, and we thought he was 6-4. In a CF.C conversation with his coach at West Rusk High in West London, Texas, about two hours east of Dallas, the same word kept coming up over and over.

Upside.

Tyree has a huge upside,” West Rusk High head man John Frazier told CF.C. “Barefoot, he’s 6-foot-5, about 224 (pounds) and he’s still only 16 years old. I think he still has a lot of growing up to do.”

Washington State has been recruiting Wilson (pictured above with his sister) for the “last six months or so” with defensive coordinator Alex Grinch running the recruiting point.

The Cougs offered Wilson about a month ago and one of the reasons is obvious -- he has an unusually long reach. But Frazier said he also has a work ethic and attitude to match.

“He has an 82 1/2 inch wingspan,” said Frazier.  “With his reach, that’s huge. There aren’t a lot of wingspans like that out there. With his reach, and with that quickness and speed, I just think he has a huge upside.

“But most importantly, (he’s) a great practice player – he loves to practice, loves to work and has a good time doing it.   I think physically, there’s a tremendous upside to Tyree but more importantly is the fact he loves the game … loves the weight room.”

Wilson had a breakout junior campaign with 74 tackles (13 for loss) an interception he returned for score, and two forced fumbles. He is classified on Scout.com as a linebacker but seems destined for a RUSH/DE role at the next level, with an emphasis on getting after the quarterback. He’ll be getting some valuable experience in that regard his senior season.

“We’re going to have his hand in the ground a lore more this season than what he’s been used to the last two years … he’s grown so much in the last two years, he still has some awkwardness with his body on the move right now. But I think that’s (due) to his length and how much he’s grown. He’s had a tremendous offseason working on his core and his footwork,” said Frazier.

Frazier said Washington State and Louisiana-Lafayette are Wilson’s only two offers, but he expects that to change soon. 

“He’s just a great kid, great smile, a ‘Yes sir, No sir’ type of kid. He’s a great asset for any football team out there. He committed last night to Washington State but I still think there are going to be a ton of offers to come … especially in April and May when a of these colleges start coming into the office and seeing him in person. He doesn’t even turn 17 until the end of May,” said Frazier.

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