BELLAIRE, Texas — The nation’s top-ranked defensive tackle took the first step toward making a decision last weekend when he trimmed his list of top schools down to 10.
LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M were the SEC powers to make the cut, yet Tigers defensive line coach Ed Orgeron remained curious where his Tigers stood with Marvin Wilson.
Orgeron had a chance to ask that question in person Tuesday when LSU hosted a satellite camp at the 5-star prospect’s high school, and the Tigers coach was pleased with the response.
“I was in my comfort zone, chilling with the coaches, asking some questions like where LSU sees me and where they want me to be,” Wilson told SEC Country on Tuesday. “I worked out with Coach O and felt real comfortable. Coach O wanted to know where they stand in my recruitment. I worked out with him, worked on different moves and he helped me out and stuff.”
As for Wilson’s answer …
“Oh yeah, he loved it.”
Big picture, Wilson narrowed down the field based on his future away from football.
The 6-foot-4, 329-pound prospect already knows how to take the recruiting world by storm when he’s on video and would like to pursue a career where he’s in front of the camera. That’s why LSU and the other nine schools embedded in his top 10 all have reputable broadcast journalism programs.
“It (the top 10) came from all of the schools that I can see myself at four years playing and living for four years,” Wilson explained. “They all have broadcast journalism programs, and those were all of the things that came to play in my lifestyle. I plan on doing the broadcast journalism field there (at LSU), if I do go to LSU, and I’ll check it out more.”
The nation’s No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2017 is certainly familiar with the field, particularly as reporters flock to him on a near-daily basis.
Ironically, that’s what led the elite Texan to gravitate toward journalism, though he admits it will be a special type of learning process as he transitions to becoming the interviewer.
“We do interviews right now, so I’m used to it and I’m comfortable behind the camera and the mic,” Wilson said. “It will be getting accustomed to reading scripts live on television and stuff like that. You know, it’s easy to be the interviewee and getting interviewed, but probably harder to develop questions and work the cameras and other stuff like that.”
Wilson will be back on LSU’s campus July 21-23 for the team’s second high school session. The talented defensive lineman will be not only testing his will against some of the nation’s other elite prospects, but exploring the school’s journalism program then, too.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU 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 Tigers Stadium.