HOUSTON — Alabama’s depth chart on the defensive line isn’t deep by any means, and that’s something five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson has noticed, too.
Wilson, the nation’s No. 4 prospect from Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas), told SEC Country at Nike’s “The Opening” regional in Houston that the biggest reason drawing him toward the Crimson Tide is the ability to play early.
“That draws me to them so much,” Wilson said. “If the depth chart is thin, that just means I can go in and play early. That’s important to me.”
The 6-foot-4, 316-pounder has already told SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell that Alabama and LSU will be finalists when that time comes for Wilson to release his official top schools. On Sunday, he told SEC Country that Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M are working their way in the mix for him. It’s clear though that Alabama and LSU hold an edge right now.
“Those schools still stick out the most to me,” Wilson said of the Crimson Tide and the Tigers.
One reason for that is because of his relationships with Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis and LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Out of all the coaches he keeps in touch with, he’s closest with both Davis and Orgeron.
“I talk to those two guys almost every single week,” Wilson said. “They keep it real with me and are getting to know me on a personal level.”
The U.S Army All-American said Davis’ message is simple but effective: “We need you here and we need you to play early.”
Wilson is listening.
Wilson also knows how well Alabama has developed defensive linemen over the years. Just in this draft class alone, A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed are projected to be first-round picks in this month’s draft.
“They put out pros. That’s the biggest thing for me,” Wilson said. “They get guys to the next level.”
Wilson is expected to make a return trip to Tuscaloosa this summer and make his commitment on National Signing Day.
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Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.