The spring evaluation period has led to new interests and new offers for three-star Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange defensive end Brandon Wilson. But even though he has plenty of new schools on his offer list, two of the first to pull the trigger remain his early favorites.
"UCF and Mississippi State are standing out of the schools that have already offered me," Wilson said. "I've had a chance to visit them both before and they've been talking to me the longest."
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound defender gave his thoughts on each program.
UCF: "I like UCF because of the love they show and just the area and what they have to offer. They really want me really bad. They had a great season this past year but I just have to look at who they pick up, who they offer and who's committed so I can see if they can have consistent success."
Mississippi State: "I went up there for a visit before and I really like it. The facilities and everything are nice. I just want to pay attention, see who they offer and who they get and if they can be consistent and see if they can go to that next level in the SEC. I would be the first person to play at a Division 1 school so If I could go to a school at that level it would be big."
While the Knights and Bulldogs have a head start because each has already offered, Wilson said he's holding out hope that a few more programs will join his list soon.
"I've been talking a lot with Wake Forest, North Carolina and Georgia," Wilson said. "All of them are looking at me and said they're close to offering so we'll see."
Wilson said he's taken a close look at each of the schools, with Georgia being a very appealing option.
"I really do like Georgia," he said. "Me and my dad like Georgia. We looked at their roster and they have a lot of players that are juniors and seniors that are going to be graduating so I feel like I could earn early playing time."
But first he needs to earn an offer. He's hoping his performance this spring will be enough to put him over the top.
"I need to show the coaches that I can work hard and I think I've shown them how I can play," he said. "I just need to prove that I can be a leader and come in and contribute."
With a busy summer of visits on hand, Wilson said he hopes to visit several schools. He's also saving an official for Georgia.
"I definitely want to make sure I take one of my official visits to Georgia," he said. "Hopefully I'll get up there this summer and then get back again during the season."