January 14, 2009
Wilson finally headed to Columbia
It has been close to a year since Ray-Pec linebacker Andrew Wilson made his decision to come to Missouri. Next week, Wilson will finally step on campus of the school that won him over so early in the recruiting process.
"It has definitely been tough waiting and knowing where I was going to be," Wilson said. "I didn't really think about too much because I focused on my senior football, but then after that it really got to be I want to go down there, so I am really excited to go down next week."
Since the conclusion of his senior season, Wilson said he has been working out consistently and focusing on finishing his final year so that he could make his way down to Columbia a semester early. Even though football has only been over for a few months, the linebacker can't wait to get back in football mode.
"I am excited about just getting into the weight room and working out and spring practice and stuff like that," he said. "Getting some pads and starting to play football again."
By making his decision so early, Wilson did not give too many other coaches a chance to recruit him. When they did call, Wilson knew what to tell them.
"I went on a couple of junior days to a couple of places, but I committed really early, so I think a lot of people, well I got a couple of phone calls when coaches could start calling, but I told everyone that I was committed to Missouri and there was nothing that really could change my mind. It's just the family atmosphere there and the relationships with the players and coaches."
According to Wilson, coach Gary Pinkel stopped by for a visit last week and he talks with coach Andy Hill every week. Both coaches have told him that they are excited about him coming down early and looking for him to work really hard for the Tigers. Wilson has also been in contact with current and future Tigers.
"I talk to Luke Lambert and Derrick Washington quite a bit," the linebacker said. "They tell me that you have to come down here and work hard and good things will happen. I also talk with T.J. Moe, Ashton Glaser and Jack Meiners and a few others. We talk quite a bit."
One player that Wilson will be keeping his eye on next year is fellow linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
"It's great to know that he is coming back," he said. "Spoon is a great player, and he will be great to learn behind and watch him and learn how he plays."
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