Christian Wilson, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound four-star athlete from Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pa., has around 50 scholarship offers, but says three stand out.
Wilson, ranked No. 34 in the East by Scout.com and No. 17 nationally as a tight end, said he favors Michigan, Rutgers and Clemson solidly over Virginia Tech and North Carolina. All of his favorites have offered. He also has offers from such schools such as Alabama, LSU, Florida, Michigan State and numerous others.
"It'll be about the coaches," Wilson said. "I want to play for coaches that will be around for four years and not lose their job or leave."
Although Wilson only attended one camp this summer (Nike camp at Penn State) he has unofficially visited several schools, most recently Florida. "I've already been to like 21 schools," he said.
Wilson is being recruited to play on both sides of the ball. "Most schools are recruiting me for both offense and defense," he said. "Everyone is saying H-back for offense or linebacker on defense. I play both in high school and I don't really have a preference."
One of the many schools that Wilson visited this summer was Michigan and he was very impressed by the Wolverines. "I like their academics and their football program is always real good," Wilson said. "They are only like four hours away and I like the area a lot. There's a lot to do and it's a fun environment. Everybody really supports the team."
He says that Clemson is recruiting him the hardest. "They text me every day and are very interested in me," he said. "They always check on me and I like the coaches a lot. They are younger and relate really well with their players.
"I also have a great relationship with coach Greg Schiano (Rutgers head coach)," Wilson said. "He just signed a seven year contract extension and said he doesn’t plan on leaving for the NFL or anything anytime soon. I also like that Rutgers is still an up-and-coming program and will only be getting better. The players there are really cool too."
Wilson says he's no longer considering the two in-state schools, Pittsburgh and Penn State. "I'd actually rather leave the state and get out on my own," he said. "If I can commit before the season I will, but if not I'll wait until after the season is over."
He reports a 2.9 core GPA, but claims he's still waiting on his results from the May SAT. "There was some problem and I haven't gotten the test score back yet." He plans on retaking the SAT in September.