Huskies intrigue Wilson

A prep running back who has seen recruiting really pick up over the past month is Central High East (Fresno, Ca.) RB Nick Wilson. Washington threw their hat in the ring last week, becoming the 12th school to extend him an offer, and recently spoke to rising tailback about his interest in the Huskies as well as a timeline for making a decision...

"I got my 11th and 12th offers last week when Fresno State and Washington offered me," Wilson told recently. "It's been a real blessing seeing all of these schools come after me. Honestly, it's a little overwhelming because going into this stuff, you think to yourself that you'd like to just have the opportunity to play college football at some point, but then to have the amount of offers I have, it's really humbling."

In addition to his offers from the Huskies and Bulldogs, Wilson also has hauled in offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin and he's got plenty more schools that have shown him some interest.

Turning back to his offer from the Dawgs, Wilson talked about the reasons he is so interested in the Husky program.

"Coach (Jordan) Paopao is the coach recruiting me at Washington and I have spent a while getting to know him and he seems like a great guy," Wilson said. "Also, my former teammate, Brendan Bigelow, was committed to them for a while before he signed with Cal and he said it was a great program. He was talking to me about them as senior when I was a freshman. He blew out his knee and they still stuck by him, so that was a big thing to me.

"Also, the program just looks like it's on the rise. They are redoing all of their facilities, their offense fits me perfectly and I really like the Seattle weather. I like it a little overcast. I'm not really big on it being really hot, so that's a thing where it fits me really well."

Wilson noted he would like to head north to visit Montlake, but is unsure of when at this point.

"It's mainly when my dad can take off and go up there and I also need to work out my track schedule too," Wilson said. "I'd love to go up (to Seattle) and watch (Washington's) spring practices or go to their spring game, but it all sorta depends on when my dad can go and when my schedule will let me fit it in.

"I've been researching all of these schools that have offered me. Early on I was saying that my top three were Arizona, Boise State and Cal, but as I learn more about these other programs, then that can change and I can add schools to that list of favorites.

"A lot of the schools that are after me are upgrading their facilities and I want to see them and spend some time seeing where I would spend a lot of my time if I went there. That means I need to get out and see as many schools as possible."

As far as a timeline is concerned, Wilson said he plans to take all of his official visits before he makes decision.

"I definitely want to take all five of my official visits and then I'll decide, but I also want to make my decision before or right around Thanksgiving," Wilson said. "I don't want to wait until the very end and that means that I will need to take my visits during the season.

"I want to see the campus and game atmosphere and see what the weather is like and then I can sit down with my family and my coaches and make my decision."

Last season, Wilson helped the Grizzlies to an 11-3 record by posting over 1,600 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

With his size and speed, a reported 10.8 in the 100 meteres, he's a dymanic runner with the ability to break games open once he gets into the open field, but he's also not afraid of contact and when he gets the chance he punishes defenders with his low pad-level and good leg drive. As the spring moves along, expect more and more schools to come after him.

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