Newcomer Profile: Craig Wilson

Today's football newcomer profile examines Louisiana defensive lineman Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson
Defensive Lineman, 6-2, 280 lbs., 4.8
John Curtis Christian High, River Ridge, La.

Two-way standout lineman at powerhouse John Curtis Christian ... head coach is John "J.T." Curtis, whose father started the non-denominational, non-organization affiliated school in 1962 ... Helped the Patriots post a 14-1 record while winning the AAAA state and district titles

"He has great speed and acceleration," the elder Curtis said. "I know he really enjoyed WVU, because he turned down other places to visit there. He is coming from a high school program that exposed him to everything, so it will not be a case where he has not seen things like a summer and spring program and the rigors of academics and weight and speed training."

Recorded 92 tackles, 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a senior … mainly a rusher … only downside is height … played in 4-3 and 50 front … has great strength with a bench press of 425 pounds

"He will report in shape," Curtis said. "I know he is excited, and I know WVU is getting a great kid from a great family."

MVP of the Super Bowl high school all-star festival ... also earned all-district honors in track and field as a sophomore and junior J

John Curtis High has not produced a WVU player before … John Curtis Christian is one of the nation's top prep programs in the U.S. … the school has won 90 percent of its games in the past 26 years, all with J.T. Curtis as head coach

J.T., who became close friends with Rodriguez when Rich was an assistant at Tulane a few years ago, recorded his 17th state championship this season … besides Wilson, two John Curtis Christian players signed at LSU

Wilson wasn't getting much attention from major schools when WVU first started recruiting him this fall, but Oregon tried to make a late push … will be a business major … son of Wanda Wilson and Lee Solinen.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "Craig Wilson helped John Curtis Christian High School in New Orleans, one of the best high school programs in the country, to a 14-1 record and the state championship. His coach, J.T. Curtis, is a very good friend of mine, and I've known him from back in my days at Tulane. Craig is one of the strongest players we signed. He benches over 425 pounds and also runs very well."

What Herb Hand says: "Craig Wilson is a big, strong, powerful, quick defensive lineman. He could possibly help us right away. He has tenacity and plays with a bit of an edge, which you love to see in a defensive lineman."

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