The 2010 season was the first on the varsity level for Khris Wilson. Wilson, now a rising junior, began preseason practice on the defensive line before moving to left offensive tackle, where he would start 11 games for the Varina Blue Devils (VA).
“It’s funny, because I wasn’t supposed to play on the varsity my sophomore year,” recalled the 6’4″, 290-pound Wilson. “The first day of practice, I hit with the junior varsity. I just knew I wasn’t supposed to be there, so I went up and hit with the varsity. Ever since then, I took off. I think I had a pretty good year, but you can always get better.”
Playing on offense last season was a learning experience, but Wilson improved as the season went along. Playing against two of the top 2011 class prospects helped his progression.
“Having to block [former Hermitage linebacker] Curtis Grant was a great experience, and I got him a couple times. [Former Dinwiddie defensive end] Corey Marshall is a great player, too,” said Wilson, whose team faced Dinwiddie in its 2010 season opener and Hermitage in the third game of the regular season (and again in the opening round of the playoffs). “It was fun playing against them. I knew I had to take my game up a notch.”
Wilson’s sophomore season performance caught the attention of college coaches. Virginia and Virginia Tech are certainly interested, and before the summer is out the Blue Devils standout will have camped at both schools.
“Virginia, I was talking to them on the phone last week,” Wilson said. “They just tell me to keep working hard. Keep working hard, and there will be big things for me this summer. With Virginia Tech, I just sent my highlight tape to them. I’m going there on July 9 for camp along with [fellow Varina 2013 standout] Tim [Harris]. We’re going to work out and visit there.”
Wilson was one of many Blue Devils in Charlottesville last Saturday for the Virginia 7 on 7 Tournament/Big Man Camp. He took a few lumps in the one-on-one competition, but overall the experience was a positive one as he looks to improve for his upcoming junior season.
“It was fun,” he said. “I think I did pretty good. At first, when I started the one-on-ones, they put me against young guys. I wanted to go against the older guys. I got some looks against...
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