September 20, 2012
Ishmael Wilson is passionate about being an Aggie
Nothing great has ever been achieved without passion. Dallas, (TX) Bishop Dunne offensive tackle Ishmael Wilson is passionate about family, football, the Aggies and getting the best talent to College Station.
"I have played tackle all my life. I have a protective instinct," Wilson said. "Growing up my dad always encouraged my three older brothers and I to have each others back, to protect each other."
Wilson's ability and frame combined with his attitude are rare.
"Ishmael is a great player for us," Bishop Dunne Head Coach Michael Johnson said. "It is great to know that the left side is going to be taken care of. He has the ability to read defenses and know when a blitz is coming. He then communicates what he sees to the rest of the offense. I can't even tell you how many pancakes he has a game; we can run it to his side 90% of the time. He is a big tough guy with long arms; perfect for the SEC."
It's hard to imagine that a 6-5, 275 pound tackle like Wilson has a nickname that includes the word gentle.
"A lot of my friends at school call me a 'gentle giant' off the field," Wilson said. "On the field I am focused on doing my job. Just like a quarterback is told to throw the ball down the field and a running back is taught to run the ball down the field; I have been taught from a young age to protect the blindside of my quarterback. The quarterback, running back and team, they are my family."
Wilson's passion resonates in all he is a part of including his future.
"He is a Falcon now, but the Aggies are what's next for him," Johnson said. "Once he told Alabama, who was after him a couple months back, that he is an Aggie commit and that he stay's true to his word, programs stopped recruiting him."
Programs backed off and Wilson jumped on board, recruiting for the Aggies.
"I think Ishmael is probably the best recruiter for the Aggies," Coach Johnson said. "He is working hard on Nick Watkins (2014 CB) and Jovan Pruitt (2014 OL). He gets those guys excited about A&M because he is so excited about A&M. He is trying to get them all down there. He is trying to get them committed or at least get them on campus so they can see the school and meet some of the coaches. He already pulled Jovan down there, so we will see."
So how is Wilson doing on the recruiting front?
"Ishmael of course, everyday tries to get me to go to A&M," Nick Watkins said. "I might try and get down there. I received hand written letters from the coaches. My focus right now though is just helping get the team better."
Wilson said that he believes his recruits are coming around.
"I think they are getting closer and closer. I know that Nick does like Texas though. I keep promoting A&M and the SEC though because he like that too. I told him that we need to play with each other and I don't want to play against him. I think Nick (Watkins) and Nick Harvey (Lancaster 2014 CB) are some of the best in their class at corner. I am working on them and Jovan."
Wilson is among the elite in his class with a four-star ranking by Rivals.com; a great lineman with passion in all adventures he encounters.
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