Wilson, who just accepted an offer from Dana Holgorsen and WVU, said "I've been on Cloud Nine," since the interview and offer came about last week. That concluded a process which began earlier this year, but came to fruition in a rush this week.
"We talked about it before spring ball," the Weirton, W. Va. native said. "When I talked with Coach Holgorsen and Alex Hammond, they said they were thinking about creating the position, so we talked about the duties and what it would involve. Then I came down and interviewed for the job last week, and when they made the offer to me I accepted it. Everything worked out great, and I am really excited about it. This will keep me in football, and I'm so happy to be coming back to WVU."
During those conversations and the interview process, Wilson got a picture of what the position would involve – basically, it will be a little bit of everything in terms of involvement with the players, coaching, strength and academic staffs. The overall goal will be to keep players on track in all of those areas, and provide them with a sounding board and someone else to talk with when times get tough.
Wilson, who had the benefit of a father who went through college and professional football life (dad Otis was a standout with the Chicago Bears) saw that others in school with him at the same time didn't have the advantage of a mentor to help them through the many rough spots of college. He hopes to provide that in his new role.
"I'll be dealing with the players on a daily basis. I can help with parents and with on campus recruiting. I'll work with the freshmen, especially, in adjusting and getting into our system I'll work with strength and conditioning coaches, and with the academic staff and the coaching staff. I want to be able to keep the pulse of team, and help them in any areas they need.
"We didn't have anything like this when I came in," he continued. "I know when we first came in, we didn't know what to expect, and we didn't always have someone we could go to to talk about things. I want to change that. I want to let them know where they stand, and help them get through any problems they have. If I had questions I had my father who played in NFL. I've been through all of that, and I know what it was to be recruited, be drafted and play in NFL All the things those kids want to achieve, I have done, so I think I will be able to relate to them. Having been through all that, I might be able to get some of that across to them a little better."
That's a lengthy list of duties, but Wilson's exuberance and passion for the game should make him a good fit for all of them. He's poised to attack them with the same ferocity that he used on his bowling-ball runs, and believes that his experience should help him be a good resource for the players.
"I hope they can use me like an encyclopedia," he said with hi trademark laugh. "I want to be around the players and share my experience as much as I can. I know that kids are different. Some guys can't stop talking and some you have to draw out, so I have to be able to find ways to communicate with them and keep them on track."
While Wilson wants to help players achieve their ultimate goals (most, of course, see themselves in the NFL), he also knows that's not the immediate goal that's most important.
"Academics will be huge," he said with the knowledge of a player that was good enough to make the NFL, but was also smart enough to get his degree and prepare himself for life after the game. "I talked with Alex about that. When I came in, we had a class of 25 and 14 graduated. I know some of those left because of playing time, but I want to improve those numbers. I want to get it up around 90%. I want all those guys to come in, do well and graduate."
Even though details of his employment, down to where his office will be located, are still to be worked out, Wilson has already been working to get to know the team.
"I've talked to most of the staff, and they think they have a great bunch of kids here. That's obvious, because you don't win the Orange Bowl with a bunch of jokers. I'm just happy to come back home, and I'm looking forward to doing my part. It's going to be fun."