The Curious Case of Tru Wilson

Each and every year, there are multiple recruits that somehow go unnoticed from the elite programs across the country though they’re a standout player at the high school level. Whether coaches don’t see the measurables or don’t believe their game will translate to the next level, they all have their reasons.

And then there’s De La Salle (MI) ATH Tru Wilson.

Wilson, though a little undersized for a safety, is one of the best high school football players in Michigan. Thanks to his ability to make big plays as a running back, safety and kick returner, he has been a main reason why the Pilots sit at 6-1 on the season.

So, why does he only hold five offers, none of which are from the state of Michigan or in a Power 5 conference, and why aren’t more teams coming forward after his big start to his senior season?

When you throw on his highlight tape, it is full of strong runs, big hits and game changing plays. As a safety/nickel back, which is where I believe he translates to at the college level, he compares himself to a New York Jets former 1st round pick:

“I feel like a playmaker and I try to be as versatile as possible. Wherever I am needed, I do it to the best of my ability. Defensively I compare myself to Calvin Pryor back at Louisville. He was an enforcer that loved to come up and hit you. He made plays”, Wilson said.

As for me, I see more Tyrone Mathieu in Wilson’s game than anything. Both are tough, physical, play making safeties that just always seem to be in the right position to make the play.

Though Michigan or his childhood favorite, Ohio State, may not have room for another safety in their 2016 classes, the fact that, at the very least, none of the Midwestern MAC schools or lower tier Big Ten schools have extended an offer is an absolute shocker to me.

While there are still several months to go until National Signing Day, Wilson has the look of a recruit that will be receiving several Will Muschamp-like postgame talks from coaches that made the mistake of not offering him.