Brandon Wilson is a 5-11, 180-pound running back prospect from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport…
Houston Adds '12 RB Brandon Wilson
Life's pathways are not always arranged in a straight line. In fact, that's usually not the case, as evidenced by the recruiting journey taken by '12 RB Brandon Wilson from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. Wilson originally had an offer from the Washington Huskies. He took an official visit to Eastern Michigan, which also offered, and his academics were in order. Nevertheless, he signed with Tyler Junior College and was prepared to continue his career there until an opportunity arose with a four-year school. A new opportunity with a four-year program arrived much quicker than expected, however, when the Houston Cougars came calling. During the off-season, the Cougars hired assistant coach Brandon Middleton away from Evangel Christian Academy -- a south Shreveport district rival of Calvary Baptist -- and Middleton successfully recruited Wilson. "Coach Middleton is basically how it happened," said Wilson, who committed to Houston and will sign next week. "He was surprised that I didn't have any D-1 offers. I visited Houston last weekend. I'm really excited. They have a huge campus and nice facilities. It's real nice." Wilson is all smiles about the future. "I'm real excited," he reiterated. "I prayed on it. I had offers from Eastern Michigan, Grambling (State) and Northwestern (State). "I start school next month." Wilson was the driving force on offense for Calvary, which went 11-3 and reached the Class 2A semis before running into Winnfield. The only losses for the Cavaliers were to 5A state champ West Monroe, 5A state runner-up Carencro and Winnfield. Wilson thrilled fans in south Louisiana in the locally-televised game at Carencro. In that contest, a 69-48 shootout, he caught 12 passes for 183 yards and three TDs -- and ran for 110 yards on 23 carries with another TD. The following week, he totaled 302 yards rushing in a 63-53 win over a Teurlings Catholic team that went on to reach the Class 4A quarterfinals. Wilson gained more than 1,800 yards on the ground in 2011 and averaged nearly seven yards per attempt (with 21 TDs). He added approximately 500 yards receiving with six more scores. He averaged just under 33 yards per kick return, including a long of 99 yards vs. Evangel Christian.
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