Don’t tell the Virginia Tech coaches that E.J. Wilson is a sleeper prospect. According to Wilson, the Tech coaches have known about him and his abilities for quite some time.
“Tech has been recruiting me since the 10th grade,” Wilson said. Coach Stinespring is his primary recruiter.
Tech is one of two Division I-A programs to offer Wilson. UNC, who began recruiting the Brunswick Senior High School (Lawrenceville, VA) star just this year, is the other.
So what stands out about Wilson? First off, his size and speed combination is very impressive. Wilson stands 6-3, weighs 230-pounds and runs a consistent 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. He posted a personal best 4.58 in the 40 this summer during UNC’s camp.
Secondly, Wilson is strong. He can bench press 265-pounds and squat 565-pounds according to Brunswick Senior Head Coach Harold Williams. And last but not least, Wilson is very smart. He carries a 4.2 GPA in the classroom, has scored an 1120 on the SAT, has served as Class President over the past two years and is a member of the National Honor Society.
On the gridiron, Wilson plays many positions for his team. His primary positions are quarterback and outside linebacker, but he also sees action at tailback, tight end, wide receiver, H-back, fullback and safety. He is being recruited by Tech and UNC as a H-back/outside linebacker prospect.
“I didn’t coach him last year, but I’ve seen him play for the past 4 or 5 years,” Williams said. “He has a lot of potential.”
Brunswick Senior kicks off the 2004 season on September 10th against Sussex Central. Wilson was hoping he would have a college decision before then.
“I wanted to try and be done with my decision before the first game, but I’m not sure if that will happen,” Wilson said. “It would be nice if I decided by the first game.”
Wilson, who is also receiving interest from Navy as well as several Ivy League programs, will likely decide between Tech and UNC. He has visited both schools.
“They are pretty much even,” Wilson said. “For UNC, I like the coaching staff and I really like the campus. For Virginia Tech, I like the football program and the coaching staff. I like both schools. My decision will probably come down to a gut feeling.”
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