Saddleback CB Earl Wilson - Overlooked?

One JC defensive back who made some waves this fall has been Saddleback's Earl Wilson (6-0, 185) and now he's parlaying that into some recruiting looks and hopefully some offers.

"I haven't gotten any offers yet, but I hope they come soon, I'm getting anxious,"

Wilson told  "I'm hearing from Montana State, Syracuse, Northern Arizona and Weber State and some smaller schools too."

Wilson posted excellent numbers in his second season for the Gauchos.  He had 61 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

"I'm a pretty good tackler and my coaches basically told me they were going to put me on the opponent's number one receivers, so I had some tough covers this year," Wilson said.  "The guy from El Camino (Kayne Farquharson) and there was another guy from Mt. SAC (Travis Lee), they were the toughest guys I faced this year.  They were really good."

Wilson, who prepped at Marian Catholic in San Diego, runs a 4.5 and said his strengths lie in his route-recognition and ability to play the ball in the air.

"I'm a bump-and-run guy," Wilson said.  "I love punishing the receiver when he's trying to get off the line.  It's easier to recognize their routes the way they take their steps and by their body-positioning.  When I recognize those things it's pretty easy to break on the ball.

"One thing I've always been told I needed to work on was my technique.  The coaches have always told me I'm a really good athlete and that I just needed to work on my backpedal and keeping my feet positioned correctly so I can break on the ball faster and things like that."

Saddleback head coach Mark McElroy says Wilson is an underrated player.

"He's our best cover guy and I think he's flown under the radar, but we're hoping he gets some more looks," McElroy said.  "He's tough and he's a great player."

Wilson will graduate in May and will have three years to play two at the next level.


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