A total of 17 programs have tried their hand at claiming 2017 linebacker Keisean Wilson, and the Waldorf, Maryland (North Point), native may just be scratching the surface of his potential. He hasn’t yet stepped onto the field for the first time as a true senior.
One could expect the offer sheet to continue expanding for the 6-foot-2, 230-pound three-star recruit as we turn the corner into 2017. Wilson, however, appears content with the decision he made in late June, in which he offered a pledge to head coach Bobby Wilder and the Old Dominion Monarchs.
“Well first of all, Old Dominion was my first offer to begin with and they were the school that stayed with me through the entire recruiting process from beginning to end,” Wilson told Today’s U. “They also had that family atmosphere which I love and they treated me like family. Also they’re an upcoming program in Conference USA and I love the location they’re at as well.”
Wilson’s garnered a healthy balance of tenders thus far: Ivy League programs Yale and Howard; Group of Five schools Charlotte, Temple, Toledo, and Appalachian State; Power Five schools Syracuse and Indiana, and more. Georgia and Ohio State are actively involved in his recruiting circuit.
Wilson reverts to the tight-knit atmosphere Wilder and Company are building as to why he jumped at the opportunity to play for the Monarchs.
“They just really liked how I played and they were very interactive with me, and on my visits me and my family just clicked with ODU so easily,” he said. [It] felt like home.”
Old Dominion’s defensive identity has been a work in progress since making the leap to the FBS in 2014. The Monarchs surrendered 38 points per game in their initial season with the big boys, and made incremental strides in 2015 (allowing 35.8).
Expect Wilson to contribute to those improvements once he touches down in Norfolk. He’ll stay at inside linebacker and will frequently move outside for coverage. The defensive staff should salivate over his end-to-end speed as well as his ability to blitz from the middle.
Wilson, who prides himself on his explosion off the ball and his overall football IQ, is still willing to work on a few aspects of his game in order to prepare himself for the collegiate level.
“Definitely coverage for the most part,” Wilson said. “Some fundamentals, posture and stance, key reads, and work on my eyes, which is my vision to see the ball.”
It’s safe to assume that Bobby Wilder, for now, has landed a player who buys into the notion that Old Dominion can matter in Conference USA. ODU’s team-first attitude has captured the attention of the Maryland product, who wants to be a part of something special once he plays on Saturdays.
“I want to be a great football player at ODU,” Wilson said. “I want them to win the conference, contend for a ranked spot in the Top 25 and be able to build a dynasty there.”
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