April 30, 2009
Rams in Wilson's ear
Miami Northwestern High School Torrian Wilson has no lack of suitors when it comes to his college football recruitment. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder may be every college coaches' perfect combination of brains and braun, as the Sunshine State stud has a 335-pound bench press, a 585-pound squat and, perhaps most impressive, a 3.4 grade-point average.
Wilson currently holds offers from Colorado State, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Stanford, Purdue, Michigan and UCLA. The big man from Northwestern High was a First Team All-State and All-County selection for a Northwestern team that finished its season in the state finals.
"Coaches tell me I have quick feet and I am a great run blocker," Wilson said. "That is what most of my highlight tape has me doing."
Wilson, who wants to major in either psychology or communications, said he is hoping to go to a school that is primarily a running institution. That may be bad news for some of the spread offenses currently recruiting him.
"It does (make a difference)," Wilson said. "I want to go to a school that mostly run blocks. Every school passes, but I want to go to a school where it is run block, run block, run block."
While it is going to be tough for a spread offense to land Wilson, one school that has a shot is his childhood favorite - Michigan. Wilson visited Ann Arbor in April 6 to take in the Wolverines' spring game and came away impressed. It was one of three visits he has taken so far, the other two being to Central Florida and Miami.
"Miami was kind of my favorite school growing up, but actually Michigan was my favorite school. That was the school I wanted to go to growing up," he said. ""Miami, that is the home town. I liked the campus. I get to see it all the time. It was really anything major, but I get to see it anytime I want. UCF and MIchigan, not being from those places, it was beautiful. the UCF academic building was beautiful. Michigan was just out of control visiting the Big House and just the town and school period. It was a whole different atmosphere."
Sneaking into the Wilson sweepstakes are the Colorado State Rams.
"I am really excited about Colorado State," Wilson said. "They are showing a lot of interest in me. I talk to Coach Brown (CSU defensive line coach Scott Brown) almost every week. I am thinking about taking a visit to Colorado State to see what it has to offer me also."
Wilson said he is impressed by the NFL background of Coach Steve Fairchild as well as the things Brown is telling him about offensive line coach Pat Meyer.
"They are telling me their offensive line coach is teaching his guys a lot of different techniques and pushed them to be better offensive linemen and men," Wilson said.
For Wilson, the trips around the country have been entertaining and enjoyable, but he is ready to be done wit it.
"I am kind of excited to visit all the schools to see what they have to offer me, but I am also excited to get all the recruiting process over with," he said. "Right now, I am letting my parents help me with it. I know they are looking at the academics and I am looking at the atmosphere and athletics. Which ever one suits all three of those is the one I am choosing."
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