In the world of recruiting one thing that each and every school searches for and covets is speed. The old adage of "speed kills" is one that is used quite often and when discussing North Crowley's Eric Wilson it's a term that holds true. Wilson is a 5'11 180 pound defensive back boasts blazing 4.4 speed is a three year letterman for Coach Mike Papas' North Crowley Panthers. He's also is one of the more versatile defensive backs in the area as he's got the ability to play on the corner or at free safety.
Eric also is a weight room warrior sports a 245 pound bench press max along with an impressive 37 ½ inch vertical leap. In 2007 as a sophomore Wilson didn't start but saw plenty of time in the secondary for NCHS and he made a big time impact on special teams. 2008 was a good season for the Class of 2010 standout as Wilson helped North Crowley advance to the Class 5A state playoffs posting second team all 3-5A honors with 57 tackles.
Besides starring on the football field for a very talented North Crowley squad Eric's exploits on the track are well known as he was a key cog for the Panthers 4x100 relay team which qualified for regionals last spring. Eric says this year he will also powerlift for North Crowley as well.
"My strength is my ability to cover, but I'm also a sound tackler," said Wilson who mentions improving his ball skills in the secondary will be one aspect of his game he plans on working on this off-season in addition to putting on about ten pounds and spending some extra time the film room.
Wilson mentions he's still keeping his options open, but right now it appears Texas A&M is the early leader in the clubhouse. "I really like the atmosphere at (Texas) A&M, they've got great tradition and it's not too far from home so my family can see me play often" said the North Crowley DB. Texas Tech, Baylor, SMU, Iowa State and Kansas State have also showed interest in Wilson as well.
Last summer Eric kept busy playing seven on seven for North Crowley and he attended camp at North Texas where he earned best all-around athlete at that camp in Denton.
This summer Wilson will hit the camp and combine circuit hard as he'll start with the Scout.com Combine this spring in Dallas along with one or two other camps. Eric will again play seven on seven and he's attending SMU's junior day in the next few weeks in addition to a probable trip down to College Station for Texas A&M's junior day.
Eric's a bit undecided on his major but academics and location will be two major factors in deciding where he lands for college. "It was nice to make playoffs last year, but next year I am hoping we can get off to a strong start and carry that into district to win the title and then make a deep playoff run. Personally I really want to do whatever I can to help the team win and maybe get all-district or all-state honors.
Stay tuned to TexasPrepInsider as we'll have highlight film of Wilson up very soon!