Top prep tight end has Huskies near the top

The state of Utah is loaded with talent this year and one of the top national prospects is Spanish Fork TE Richard Wilson. Wilson already has a plethora of offers to choose from and the Washington Huskies have done their best to get up near the top of his list. caught up with the athletic pass-catcher and he gave us his thoughts on recruiting so far...

"About a month and a half ago, or close to that, coach (Brian) White was down at our school and he saw my film and he said he liked it a lot," Wilson told recently. "He said he wanted to offer me, but he had to get back and talk with coach (Tyrone) Willingham before they could send me an offer and then it came about three or four days later.

"Honestly, I didn't know too much about Washington, but after I got the offer I started looking around the internet and I saw pictures of the stadium and the water and I think I'd like Seattle a lot. I also did some research on them as a program and I know they have been a big time program in the past, but recently they have struggled to win some close games so it looks like they are on the rebound a little bit.

"I also know they have put a lot of tight ends into the NFL and obviously, that's my goal at this point so to know that and to get to talk to and be recruited by the coach who I would be playing for (White) well that's just an added bonus."

In addition to Washington's offer, Wilson has also reeled in offers from schools like Tennessee, Miami, Arizona, LSU, Boise State, BYU and Utah.

"I've been up to see Boise State (camp) and I'm going out to LSU in July," Wilson said. "I like all the schools that have offered me and I'm open to everyone right now.

"Washington is a school I'm looking at real closely and I'm really interested in them. I'd like to get up there sometime this summer to check out the campus, but if I don't make it up, then I will definitely get up there for an official visit."

Wilson is LDS and said at this point he plans to take his mission, but that isn't necessarily set in stone.

"I'm planning on it right now, but things could change," Wilson noted. "I need to see how the depth chart is at whichever school I end up at. If they need me to start right away, I might delay it until after I graduate. I don't turn 19 (the age when LDS men are eligible to take a mission) until April, so I'm definitely going to go at least one year and then I will see what the situation is."

Wilson is very athletic, measuring in at 6-4.5 and 230 pounds and managing to run a 4.62 electronically timed 40 in Dallas a few weeks ago.

"I feel stronger than I ever have, but that's where I'm focused this summer," Wilson said. "I want to get stronger all over, but especially in my upper body. My lower body is coming along good, but my upper body needs to get stronger."

As a junior for Spanish Fork in 2007, Wilson managed to post 46 catches for 690 yards and eight touchdowns. He's rated as the #6 tight end in the country by and Northwest Regional Recruiting Analyst Chris Fetters has him rated as the #4 prospect, regardless of position, in his region.

Wilson said he'd like to make a decision before his season starts, but he also noted that he's not set on a timeline at this point and he may schedule some official visits before he commits to a school.

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