So I was recently asked who are some of the best recruits I've ever covered since I've been publishing.
It's a tough question and since Thursdays are unofficially now known in the Twitter-verse as “Throw Back Thursdays,” over the next several Thursdays I'll present some of the top recruits from years past.
Name: Martez Wilson
High School: Chicago Simeon
Weight: 230 pounds
Graduation Year: 2007
Position: Defensive End/Linebacker
Rivals.com ranking: Wilson was ranked as a five-star recruit and was also named as the 26th best player in the nation from the Class of 2007. He was also a U.S. Army All American in 2007.
Martez Wilson was one of the most sought after players in the nation in the Class of 2007. Wilson received scholarship offers from literally every major college program and made official visits to USC, Notre Dame and Illinois before pledging to the Fighting Illini at a press conference at Simeon on December 21. Wilson played at Illinois for three seasons before forgoing his senior year for the NFL Draft. Wilson was a third round pick (72nd overall) of the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFL Draft. Wilson signed last November with the Dallas Cowboys.
EDGY's early impressions of Martez Wilson: One of the most impressive kids on the hoof coming out of high school. Had the look, the size, the speed and all of the physical attributes to make it to the next level plus.
Wilson's first college scholarship offer: Northern Illinois University. Wilson had a tremendous personality who was one of those kids who could flip a switch and go from easy going kid off the field to laser focused missile on the field.
One of Wilson's biggest early recruiting moments: Wilson walked into the Rivals.com Junior Day in March of 2006 as virtually unknown and floored everyone in attendance with his overall size and maturity. Wilson also wowed several college coaches and recruiters in person later that summer at the Ohio State Nike Camp when Wilson dominated the competition.