For budding junior Matt Wilcox, the time before this fall has been spent working towards improving his athletic ability while showcasing his technical skills at various camps. Recently, Wilcox has displayed his talents as camps such as Nike’s The Opening, which pitted Wilcox against many of the region’s most coveted prospects.
“The offseason has been well,” Wilcox said. “I’ve hit up a lot of camps recently. I went to the Under Armour Rivals camp, and that was in April I think. The Opening regionals, that was recently and I’ve been to a lot of satellite camps. Just been hitting the weights hard and just trying to get better and focused on the season and do some camps.”
In an effort to improve his camp measurable, Wilcox has dedicated a lot of focus on working on his 40-yard dash, which he has been clocked as running as fast as 4.52 seconds.
“Right now I just been working on my 40 and just getting out and running because I have a lot of the tools for the routes and all that, so I’m just working on increasing my speed right now.”
This hard work has already paid dividends as Wilcox received offers from Toledo and Bowling Green today after attending Ohio State’s camp yesterday.
“Well today I had been talking to Bowling Green and Toledo a lot lately, but they never really said they were going to offer me today,” said Wilcox. “But today we were doing a lot of drills and they were watching, then when we got to the 1-on-1s I kept making plays, catching the ball, getting open. Then I had caught one pass, the Bowling Green, coach Nichols called me over there and he told me that U had an offer form them. Then not too long after that, during 1on1s, Toledo called me over too and they offered me too.”
Although Wilcox, who is located in Ohio at Wayne High School, had been in contact with these two schools for a considerable amount of time beforehand, he was a bit surprised to receive offers at yesterday’s camp.
“Yeah, it caught me by surprise because I had been talking to them and they had been hinting at it, but it wasn’t like I was expecting it,” Wilcox said. “It kind of caught me by surprise.
“I was just extremely excited and thanked the man upstairs and thanked both schools for giving me an opportunity and trusting me that I could possibly play at both of those schools, so it felt like it was a weight put off my shoulders and a blessing at the same time.”
For Wilcox, this gives him the opportunity to closer evaluate each of these two schools and figure out whether each school would be a good fit or not. The Rockets have an edge in this matchup as Wilcox has already been on campus many times in the past.
“Actually my sister, she went to Toledo last year, so I had been up to Toledo quite a lot, but Bowling Green, I haven’t been up there,” Wilcox said. “So I’ve been talking to a coach there and he wants to make sure that I get up there and visit them soon. The Toledo campus I pretty much know that like the back of my hand.”
For Wilcox, he already held on offer to his name before Tuesday—Eastern Michigan.
“Well both the receiving coach and the defensive back coach, the defensive back coach is the recruiting coordinator for our area, they both had said they wanted to offer me,” Wilcox said. “But they couldn’t offer me until the head coach, he was like the final notch, so he officially gave me the offer. But both the defensive back coach and the receiver coach said they wanted to offer me, then when I talked to coach Creighton, the head coach, he pulled the trigger and gave me an official offer.”
As for the rest of the summer, Wilcox plans on making trips to several schools over the next couple weeks. Among those schools are Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Cincinnati and Purdue.
“I know this Friday I’m gong back to Eastern Michigan, then Saturday I’m going to be at Indiana,” Wilcox said. “Before I was supposed to go to Cincinnati, but I was sick and missed a day, so I don’t know if I’m going to be able to camp, but I’m going to go there and visit UC and I want to get out to Purdue.”