Wilson talks recruiting

After a standout sophomore season, schools from across the country were looking at Kent-Meridian LB Johnny Wilson as a playmaker from the linebacker position and two years later they still are. However, some academic discrepancies are holding the tough-guy from the Kent River Valley from getting offered at this point and time, but he's working diligently to get that situation fixed.

"I had over 20 D-1 schools looking at me, but then something happened with my NCAA Clearinghouse thing," Wilson told Dawgman.com recently. "They didn't pass my two English classes because they're special ed and now I need to retake those.

"My counselor said they pass these classes everywhere else, but they won't pass them for me for some odd reason so now I have to retake them and I have to get them done by February or whenever I have to sign but I'm trying to get those done and trying to get those passed so I can at least take a couple of official visits."

Wilson, who is a solid 6-2, 220 pounds and runs a 4.7 forty time, is the leader of the Kent-Meridian defense, wracking up 52 tackles and one sack while helping his team to a 3-3 record.

"I'm really loud," Wilson said. "I love to pump up my team. You'll see me jumping around and flying all over the place just trying to help my team. Whatever I need to do I will do it for my team. If I have to block somebody I will block him or if I have to make a play I'll do that from sideline to sideline. I sprint as hard as I can.

"Runs up the middle or any runs I can stop real well. If they try to run up the middle I can stop it or if they run outside I can pursue and stop it. I'm more of a toughguy I guess, but after I hit somebody I try to help them up. It's all about sportsmanship, but if you run the ball I'll let you know I'm there."

Wilson has been working hard in the gym and said he put up 185 pounds 24 times this past summer.

On the recruiting front, with his class situation tenuous at this point, Wilson said he's still hearing from a few schools including the local school.

"Right now the schools still contacting me are Washington, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Oregon and Oregon State," Wilson said. "I don't have any offers yet.

"I talked to a couple of coaches from U-Dub when I've gone and watched their games. The linebackers coach seemed to like me, Coach (Chris) Tormey, but so far that's about it."

We'll continue to follow Wilson's progress over the coming weeks.

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