It’s no real mystery why Julian Wilson has found himself in the middle of a blossoming recruitment. He brings a unique combination of speed, with a 10.4 100-meter dash at last year’s State Championship track meet, and football skills.
“Coaches like my athleticism and that I’m real versatile,” said Wilson, who saw playing time at running back, receiver, safety, and cornerback in his junior year. “I can do many things on the field, but most of all, what stands out to most colleges is my speed.”
One of those schools going hard after the 6-foot-2, 172 pounder is Stanford. While most colleges are recruiting Wilson as athlete, the Cardinal offered Wilson as a receiver but remain open to the possibility of him playing defense.
“Stanford has made it clear that they offered me as a receiver, but that at the same time, with my athleticism, if I go there they really want to find what the best fit for me will be at the school,” Wilson said. “If they feel I can help more on the defensive side of the ball, then I’ll be playing defense but if offense is where they feel I’d be best, then it’s offense.”
Defensive backs coach Clayton White has led the Cardinal’s efforts to lure Wilson to Palo Alto. White and Wilson usually talk on the phone about twice a month, and White paid Wilson a memorable visit during the spring evaluation period.
“The coaches are great,” Wilson said. “They speak well and they mean well. My parents were really impressed by them because they were the first school that has offered me that went to each of my teachers individually and asked what kind of person I was and what my grade was in that class. That really stood out to me and my parents. With them doing that it means that it’s not all about football - they care about academics too.”
But, like Wilson said, it’s not only his parents who care about strong academics. When asked what qualities he was looking for in a potential college destination, Wilson was very clear about his top priority.
“My No. 1 thing is academics,” Wilson said. “Football cannot take you everywhere and you can’t play football forever. Secondly, I’d have to say tradition. I don’t want to go to a school that doesn’t have a good tradition and doesn’t have a good fanbase. I want the fans to be behind us and the college students to be behind us. Distance from home really doesn’t play a factor, because I’ll stay in close contact with my parents. They’ll probably fly out to see me pretty often. My last one is the coaches. I want to be able to get along with my coach really well and have a bond with them outside of football.”
In the next couple of weeks, Wilson plans to sit down with his family and coaches to discuss what schools best fit those criteria. He hopes to have a top-five lined up before the start of his senior year.
“Right now, I really don’t have any favorites and I’m just enjoying the recruiting process,” Wilson said. “As the summer progresses I’m really going to start cutting my list down. Right when I get back from [a trip to a University of Florida camp], my coach and I are going to sit down and talk about the schools, talk about the depth charts, talk about pretty much everything and about what would be a good fit for me at a university. That’s when I will announce where I will be taking my five official visits.”
Does Wilson have an idea of where he will be taking those trips?
“I know for sure, like for sure, that I will be taking one of my officials to Stanford,” he said.
After he completes his official visits, Wilson hopes to make a decision on his mother’s birthday, December 30.
Wilson said he intends to major in business management. He also reports a 3.97 GPA and is awaiting the results of the ACT he took last Saturday.
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