Chocolate Wilson had a handful of NCAA Division-I college offers.
One college president made sure one stood out.
The Myrtle Beach defensive back committed to Marshall over the weekend after his trip to the West Virginia school. Included in the visit was some time with university president Stephen J. Kopp.
“Coming from him, it was exciting,” Wilson said Monday. “He loves football. It’s a family tradition. He looked me in the eye and told me they’d welcome me.”
It all but ends what has been a two-year recruiting cycle for Wilson. He picked up his first offers after a breakout sophomore season in which he was targeted as a priority by several big-name schools. Purdue, Mississippi, Missouri and North Carolina State all eventually offered.
He had a monster junior season in which he was named as one of the best cornerbacks in the state. That year, he had six interceptions, 39 tackles – including three for loss – forced two fumbles and scored on a pair of defensive touchdowns. He also played on offense and special teams.
He missed the entire regular season as a senior after having surgery to repair cartilage tears in his knee. However, based largely on his 2011 production, he was selected for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and participated in that game in December.
According to Wilson, none of the five schools who had offered backed off; however, Marshall was the most consistent throughout the process.
“Marshall offered me early,” he said. “They just kept coming at me. I liked that.”
Wilson’s commitment will not be official until he signs his letter of intent with the Thundering Herd. National Signing Day is February 6, and Wilson said he intends to do so that day.