HOUSTON — Marvin Wilson spent the final weekend of February traveling from Florida State to Alabama and LSU in a matter of only a few hours.
Normally, it would be easy for someone to lose focus during such a busy weekend.
Fortunately for LSU, and its chances of landing the nation’s top defensive tackle in 2017, the Tigers had the last chance to make a lasting impression.
The Texas native spent that Sunday evening in Tigers Stadium alongside coach Les Miles, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and defensive assistant Bradley Dale Peveto, which in its own right helped LSU distinguish itself from the other elite powers courting Wilson, a five-star prospect.
“That visit to LSU was crazy,” Wilson told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in Houston. “I got to go up in the stadium, sit back with Coach Miles, Coach Orgeron and Coach Peveto, and they told me to visualize myself playing here, making plays here.
“They really set themselves apart from everyone else.”
During that visit, Wilson and the LSU coaches spoke about a lot of things, including football, but also about an array of other topics.
Those conversations continue to resonate with Wilson to this day, he explained.
“It was a great thing,” Wilson raved. “The different things I learned from them, life lessons, things to avoid, how to avoid getting in trouble and just to be more humble than anyone else.”
Since that late-February visit, the 6-foot-4, 316-pounder has remained in constant contact with Orgeron, talking at least every week.
LSU’s defensive line coach is routinely offering up advice to Wilson, who likened his relationship with Orgeron to a father-son type of bond. That certainly carries a lot of weight for the Tigers’ chances of nabbing the out-of-state talent.
“It’s great to talk to him,” Wilson said of Orgeron. “He hits me up once a week or every other week on the phone, and we talk. He’s recruiting me hard. He wants me to be there. It’s always like a father-son sort of thing, talking about things I need to improve upon or to get ready for camps, basically to get ready for the next level.
“We talk about wanting to improve my game, separating myself from everyone else before I even get there (to LSU).”
Orgeron isn’t the only defensive coach putting in the time for the big Texas lineman.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has played a major role in the process, too, as Wilson has made it clear he’s wildly intrigued to have the opportunity to play for such a reputable coach.
“I like ‘Coach A’ and I talk to him a lot about the defensive scheme and how I would work against the pressure,” Wilson said. “He knows what he’s talking about, and I actually love it. I love to watch what he does, how he sets up schemes, and I like how he coaches.”
The road to LSU remains long, one that is bound to include no shortage of turns along the way.
The elite defensive tackle visited Texas A&M last week for Friday Night Lights and is scheduled to head to Ole Miss next week.
Tentatively, Wilson plans on returning to Baton Rouge, La., sometime this summer.
Perhaps not coincidently, the five-star prospect will also release his top-10 list this summer, which is expected to include LSU. The Tigers are helping Baton Rouge earn its status as a second home for Wilson.
After all, Wilson has family members that reside in Opelousas, La., which could certainly present itself as a factor in the Tigers’ favor down the road.
“It’s a second home,” Wilson said of LSU. “It’s great that anywhere I could go, I could leave home and go to another home. It’s a good situation for me.”