February 1, 2011

Akron safety starting to draw looks

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In Ohio's 2012 class, a lot of the attention has been focused on the outstanding group of defensive linemen, and rightfully so. However, the defensive line isn't the only area where there is a lot of talent as more than a handful of outstanding safeties have already emerged as prospects to watch.

One of the best of that group is Akron (Ohio) Buchtel product Jarrod Wilson. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect is hearing from a variety of college programs after having a monster junior season for the Griffins.

"Right now I just have a lot of high interest, I don't have any official offers," Wilson explained. "Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Toledo, and Akron (have been to the school)."

Currently, a pair of Big Ten schools sit at the top for the playmaking safety.

"I really like Ohio State and Michigan State," he said. "(On Ohio State) I like how the tradition is, they sort of have a Buchtel way, like they have a lot of tradition and I like the defense that they run. (On Michigan State) I like how they run things up there. They don't just talk about football, they talk about you as an individual person and how you are going to succeed in life."

Wilson's big junior year helped his Buchtel team make it all the way to the Division III state championship game before falling to Bishop Watterson in a heartbreaker.

"It was a great junior year," he said. "We had a lot of seniors and getting to the state championship, I think we realized that we can do this every year and that it's not just a one-time thing. We can do this every single year."

Wilson certainly did his part in the game, with two interceptions including a pick-six on the final play of the first half.

"It was really good," said Wilson of his state championship experience. "I gave the defense a big lift and I helped the offense by (scoring). I was just out there making plays and having fun."

Turning defense into offense was a regular occurrence for Wilson last season as he returned a handful of interceptions and fumble recoveries for touchdowns throughout the season.

"Anytime I get a defensive turnover I look to score and to put points on the board," Wilson said.


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