Wilson Prepped for First Visit to Notre Dame

Jarrod Wilson

Buchtel High (Akron) safety Jarrod Wilson recently trimmed his list to Notre Dame, Penn State and Michigan, and Friday he will be making his first trip to South Bend, Ind., to check out the campus. He has a list of things to look at, and IrishEyes.com has the goods. Also, when will Wilson decide? Get the answer inside.

Buchtel High (Akron, Ohio) safety Jarrod Wilson's recruitment is nearing an end, but before he makes a decision, he will make his first trip to Notre Dame's campus.

As Scout.com previously reported, that will come Friday, and the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Wilson is looking at a few key aspects before he decides between Notre Dame, Michigan and Penn State.

"I think the biggest thing is he wants to see the campus, and what life is going to be like on campus," Buchtel High coach Ricky Powers said. "Football-wise, you can't go wrong any school. All three schools have great tradition. The biggest thing is where will he fit in as a person?

"I think after he goes to Notre Dame he wants to do it soon after."

Powers, who played at Michigan but has remained neutral in Wilson's recruitment, prepped him for what to expect from his initial trip to South Bend, Ind.

"I told him to expect tradition, tradition, tradition," Power said. "If you want to talk about a school that has had nothing but football tradition, and the tradition of the school, and traditional values, you can't go wrong.

"I told him it doesn't get any better than Notre Dame, and you're not going to get any better than Penn State or Michigan. I told him to make sure, once you get on campus, make sure it's for you because you have to live there for the next four to five years."

Wilson has remained quiet during the recruiting process, and Powers said even he isn't privy to which direction his star player is leaning.

"He's the type of kid when you get to know him, you don't get anything out of him," Powers said. "He's a very personable guy but he doesn't get into the whole ‘Where's he going next?' type of thing."

When it comes to on-field performance, Wilson can play either strong or free safety. He made 52 tackles and had 10 interceptions, five of which he returned for touchdowns. He also returned a fumble 98 yards for a score.

"He can play either, but I like him at free because he's free to roam back there," Powers said. "Anything in the area he's going to intercept it, and nine times out of 10 he's going to score."

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