OAKLAND, Calif. -- Having watched the recruitment of Oklahoma signee Addison Gumbs come before him, Oakland (Calif.) Stellar Prep cornerback Deshon Wilson has a guide to the world of college recruiting.
"He basically told me to stay focused the whole way, and he said it started in the classroom," Wilson said at the Kenion Training 7on7 Kickoff on Sunday. "It shows up on the field."
The Beavers have an early advantage: Oregon State, Wilson said, has "always been my dream school, growing up."
It started with the colors, and evolved to an appreciation of the defensive backs that have come out of the program.
"I just felt like it was a great program," Wilson said. "I've just always had a thing for the Beavers -- the colors, everything about them."
Wilson has yet to visit Corvallis, and coach Dave Baldwin (his primary recruiter), but wants to try to get something scheduled before the Beavers start spring ball.
"They said they like my long arms, and my physicality; they said I was aggressive," Wilson said. "[Baldwin] liked how my arms were, my physicality, after he saw my film, and he told me. I'm a downhill tackler, and he liked that in me."
As for his other suitors?
"All of those schools are great; I don't like any one above the other," he said.
The Trojans want to see Wilson in person, and have invited him to stop by.
Last season, Wilson had 33 tackles and two interceptions, along with 12 passes broken up.