May 23, 2012

Wilson taking his time

Winston-Salem (NC) Mount Tabor tight end Lucas Wilson is unsure of where he is at in the journey of his recruitment, and said he is not thinking much about it now.

"I'll probably start getting down to things a lot more this summer with the visits and then trying to figure out which schools will be in my top five, top three whatever it will be," Wilson said.

Wilson would like to make a decision this summer, but said one will probably not come until soon after he has taken his official visits early in the season.

"Once I make the decision I want to be totally done with the process, and don't want to still be taking official visits when I'm committed," Wilson said.

Wilson said he will not judge too hard the schools that are recruiting him until he has visited all of them.

He claims scholarship offers from Air Force, Central Florida, East Carolina, NC State, South Florida, Tennessee and Wake Forest, while Clemson and North Carolina have shown interest.

Wilson added the trip to Knoxville was to attend the spring game, and was not very in-depth.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Wilson has visited every school he has received an offer from except for Air Force. In middle school Wilson thought he wanted to be a pilot.

"That's something I'll be thinking about this summer," Wilson said. "If you go to Air Force you're committing to a lot more than just four years of college football."

Wilson is looking forward to seeing what things are like in Colorado Springs.

The Winston-Salem native is well-acquainted with his hometown university, Wake Forest, a place he has frequented throughout his childhood and now looks at as a place where he could spend the next four to five years.

"I definitely like Wake a lot really," Wilson said. "I'm really comfortable with the coaches, every one of the coaches. Every visit I've been over there it's just felt like a good place. Also, proximity it's definitely not a negative thing that it's close. I've thought about that more. If anything it would be a good thing to go home every Sunday and have a home-cooked meal."

His mother, Donna Wilson graduated from Wake Forest in 1982. The Wake Faithful may know her as Donna Johnson from when she played basketball for the Demon Deacons.

Wilson said even though his mother would love for him to stay close to home she is not pressuring him to choose Wake.

Steed Lobotzke and Ray McCartney are recruiting Wilson for the Demon Deacons.

"I probably talk to them once a week and I'm probably going to go over to the campus early next week and sit down with Coach Lobo," Wilson said. "He's going to show me some of the tight end highlights from the spring."

Factors that will be significant in Wilson's decision-making process are a good relationship with his position coach and academics. Wilson said he feels comfortable around Wake's coaching staff.

He also has developed a strong relationship with NC State secondary coach Mike Reed, who is recruiting him for the Wolfpack.

"Their [NC State] facilities are top notch," Wilson said. "It's a big school, but I get a good feel for State as well."

Wilson is unsure if he feels more comfortable at a big or small school. That may be because he has not visited a large variety of schools. He hopes to have some clarity this summer and fall, but in the meantime is going with the flow.

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