Boston College received their 21st commitment from Detroit running back Richard Wilson. Wilson who camped with the Eagles back in June was heavily predicted to become a "dude", and today was the day he finally verbally signed off on his future. Wilson, from Detroit, was recruited by Al Washington.
High School (via Wikipedia)
Detroit Country Day School participates in Class B Michigan High School Athletic Association athletics. The school has teams in many other sports, notably soccer, basketball, football, tennis, golf, lacrosse, field and ice hockey, baseball, softball, volleyball, skiing, bowling, and track and field. Intramural teams include ultimate frisbee, sailing, and snowboarding. In total, DCDS offers more than 30 athletic programs. The DCDS mascot is the Yellowjacket.
While at Country Day, scholarship basketball players Chris Webber and Shane Battier each won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, making Country Day one of only two schools to have multiple Naismith award winners. Webber and Battier are also the only Naismith winners from the state of Michigan.
The Country Day Yellow Jackets went 1-1 for in the 2012 Michigan playoffs. Running back Javin Hunter played for Country Day as well in the 90's.
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-- 247Sports Composite - 2* (0.7667)
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Basically Richard Wilson is an under the radar recruit, that has not gotten a lot of coverage from the big recruiting website. However, again, this is a guy that Addazio saw up close at camp and got a better read at what he could bring to the team.
He seems to be the perfect back up running back that BC needed to fill out this class. He is a solid 5'10, and the frame to be an everydown back. Even with his good size he has a high motor and great break away speed. However some of the scouting reports I have read question his ability to cut and redirect when he is at top speed.
WIlson strikes me as the under the radar type of recruit that Boston College football strives on. He only had a myriad of MAC offers including Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois, and Eastern Michigan. Recently it was announced that CMU and BC was his finalists, though he wanted to commit back in June. After speaking with Steve Addazio today Richard Wilson committed.
Interestingly in an interview with Mblock.com Richard said:
Richard: Well I haven't gotten any offers yet, but I have had interest from many coaches and schools such as Michigan State, Michigan, Stanford, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Illinois, and other small colleges.
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Prediction Based On What I've Seen
Addazio can't just throw out scholarships to any schmo on the street here because running back depth is seriously hurting right now. What the coach saw of Wilson at camp must have been enough to believe that the kid will be able to come in and work here on day one. Next year BC will be without senior starting RB Andre Williams. Tahj Kimble is a complete crap shoot, leaving Marcus Outlow, Myles Willis and Richard Wilson the sole backs in a run heavy offense.
What's This Mean For The Rest Of The Class
Reading through the SI column earlier this week, BC said they have 24 scholarships for the 2014 class, though I wouldn't be surprised if they gain a few more slots with some attrition this summer. D.J. Gillins is making his decision this afternoon, though I think he is going to commit to Wisconsin. BC probably will look at another quarterback for this class, whether it is JuJuan Lawson, John Wolford or someone else. Hopefully BC is looking to use either both or one of the remaining scholarships to fill the defensive line, specifically tackle.
Welcome to the Heights, Richard!
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