CSM happy to have Wilson in the fold

With so many big wide receivers enrolled in college right now, it helps to have big defensive backs to cover them. San Mateo CB Richard Wilson (6-3, 190) has the size to face off against the biggest wideouts you can throw at him and he's also got the confidence as well. JCFootball.com caught up with him recently and he updated us on recruiting as well as how spring practices went...

"Spring was great and I think it went really well," Wilson told JCFootball.com earlier this week. "We just got out there and we were focused and we worked on things just to get back into it again.

"I was real focused on my footwork and just getting stronger and even working on my game speed a little bit. That's really what my focus is on this offseason -- I just want to get stronger and quicker."

Wilson tested well this spring, posting a 4.55 forty time while also benching 185 pounds 10 times, but he isn't resting on his laurels.

"I'm out five times a week running and working on my quickness," Wilson said. "I want to get my speed below a 4.5 and I've been doing speed ladders and sprints three times a week.

"I want to get my bench better and get up to at least the high teens or low 20's at 185 before I leave. I know at the next level that I need to be more physical and that all comes with working hard in the weight room, so that's what I'm doing now."

As a freshman for CSM, Wilson played nickel corner for most of the first part of the season, but then managed to start the last six games of the season on the edge.

"I got 28 tackles, one interception and five passes broken up," Wilson said. "This year I really want to double my tackles and passes broken up and I want to get more picks."

On the recruiting front, Wilson has been hearing from schools across the country.

"The UNLV coach talked to me the other day and they seem pretty interested," Wilson said. "There were a lot of coaches out checking us out in spring, but California, Utah, Toledo, Texas A&M, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee have been the ones contacting me, so those are the ones I'm focused on right now.

"I'm open to anyone that wants to recruit me, so I'm just taking my time. I don't have any offers, so schools that want to still come hard on me can if they want to. I'm open to going anywhere that I have an opportunity to play and that I feel comfortable with."

Wilson will be eligible to sign with a team in December and he'll have three years to play two following the 2008 season.

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