Most high school football prospects going into their senior year have a variety of goals. They want to get bigger to take on blockers, faster to run away from linebackers or tackle ball carries or become proficient in film study to understand their opponents.
Winter Garden (FL) West Orange defensive end Brandon Wilson has those goals, too, but his main objective is to be done with what has turned into a stressful recruiting process.
“I want to get this commitment out of the way,” Wilson told BadgerNation. “It’s been a long process, and it’s given me a lot of stress with everybody asking me about it. It was cool at first, but it starts to get old.”
The 6-4, 240-pound defensive end estimates he answers questions about his recruitment over six times a day, conversations that add up considering he first started getting multiple scholarship offers in the spring.
Now sitting over 20 offers, Wilson has also developed a lot of relationships with a lot of coaching staffs, which has led to many more phone calls and making the process more challenging.
“The hardest part is getting close to a lot of coaching staffs but only being able to choose one,” said Wilson. “Everybody goes through it, but being able to pick one has been hard.”
Wilson – a three-star prospect by Scout.com – has already begun the process of narrowing his list. For the last several weeks, Wilson has been working on a top list that includes Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Wisconsin. Georgia is the only school of the five that hasn’t offered, although Wilson said he is expecting the Bulldogs to offer.
Wisconsin has been actively recruiting Wilson since early May, seeing him as a good fit as an outside linebacker in the Badgers’ 3-4 defense.
“They want me to be like Khalil Mack or Clay Matthews in their defense,” said Wilson. “It’s a position I am pretty comfortable with. Being an athletic defensive end, it shouldn’t be a hard transition.”
Wilson hopes to commit by the end of the month, but said he would still consider official visits to Cincinnati and Wisconsin because both schools are too expensive for an unofficial visit. No matter what school he picks, Wilson doesn’t plan on relenting during his senior season.
“My main goal is to not be like all the other players with offers during their senior season,” said Wilson. “They play not to get hurt. I am playing to break records as a team.”