December 23, 2009
Wilson Stuffs a Lot into a Short Trip
With all the pomp and circumstance of most every official visit Oklahoma has to work a bit harder to make their Oklahoma City area prospects feel the same level of excitement that is enjoyed by those visiting from afar. Such was the case when Moore (Okla.) Southmoore athlete ulian Wilson hopped in his car and drove down with his good friend, and fellow commitment, Austin Haywood for both players official visit last weekend.
Wilson has repeatedly seen the facilities, talked to the coaches, and is more than comfortable with the program as a whole. The one thing that he did enjoy was a chance to spend some time with the current Sooner players and apparently has already earned a nickname.
"Everything went real good," Wilson said. "It didn't make it that weird but it was strange going on an official visit and able to drive my own car there, but it was still a good trip.
"Hanging around the defensive backs was fun. Just seeing how they interact with each other, all the guys were calling me 'B-Jack'. In practice you get to watch how they react to each other and see that they are helping each other learn, the secondary is like a family unit.
"I don't know why they were calling me (b-jack) but it went on all weekend."
During the trip he was hosted by freshman defensive backs Demontre Hurst and Javon Harris. The pair is an interesting collection as Hurst is from Dallas and Harris was a rumored transfer just a few months ago. However Wilson says the two were a near-perfect match for him.
"Demontre, he is a cool funny dude and keeps you laughing," he said. "Javon, he told me pretty much the good and the bad, you have to come here and work hard and you can't think anything has to be given to you.
"He pretty much said you get a lot of noise from the Texas players, kind of like what are you doing here, OU recruits Texas players. That's the only thing that gets said about being from Oklahoma."
Wilson was also able to confirm a rumor of Harris' move this spring.
"Yeah, that rumor is true, he will be switching over to offense," he said.
Wilson did say after watching some practice that Hurst could be a guy to look out for at the cornerback position.
In the work to try and prepare for the present Wilson got to sit in on some of Oklahoma's film study during which he admits that many questions were answered about his future defensive assignments.
"We were watching some film on Stanford, I didn't get a booklet that they were looking and this is what we look for in this situation or that situation. It was just the basic idea of what (Brent) Venables was doing with the whole defense," he said.
"Sometimes when you watch them get scored on you think in your head why did you do that and when you see it in film you realize if one more play is made it changes the whole situation."
Wilson will start his collegiate career at cornerback after spending a great deal of time thinking he'd use his tremendous speed to star at free safety for the Sooners. However Wilson and defensive backs coach Bobby Jack Wright discussed that he was one of several player who would be bringing a great deal of speed to Oklahoma's pass defense.
"Coach Wright said this is going to be the fastest secondary group that he has ever had," he said. "And rankings are good but you can't really look at rankings; you've got to keep on working hard. You can be No. 1, 2, 3, but as soon as we don't succeed (people will say) they were never that good anyway. So you've got to stay hungry.
"Talking to the coaches they pretty much they just told me to get as big as you can and stay as fast you are."
The three-star athlete is more than willing to work at free safety to help the Sooners but admits his familiarity with corner should help him acclimate to the position in Oklahoma's defense.
"I'll be more comfortable at corner, because I know a lot more about playing there. I only played a little bit of free safety for Southmoore," he said. "I'd be willing to play free safety if that's what helps the team though"
Now with his official visit done Wilson can truly turn his full attention towards a track season that could result in a state title or two for Wilson. Last year Wilson finished fourth in the state in the 100-meter dash and third in the 100.
The good news for the 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back is that those who were able to best him last year have all graduated.
"Right now I'm running indoor my first meet is on Jan. 5," he said. "You don't have to ask (what Wilson's goal is). This year I'm going to have to go work hard but I want a state title."
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