Three-star defensive end Anthony Wilson grew up on the west bank in New Orleans, La. Like most Louisiana natives, he also grew up rooting for the in-state LSU Tigers. Following Hurricane Katrina, Wilson evacuated New Orleans and relocated to Homewood (Ala.) High School and become a standout high school football player and one of the most talented defensive ends in the nation.
After committing to Southern Miss in early September, the recruiting process was seemingly over for the speedy edge rusher but some new interest has caught Wilson's attention.
LSU has been actively recruiting Wilson and has been in attendance at his games recently. Though no offer has arrived yet, one could be in the works.
Though an offer from his home-state school would excite Wilson, he takes his verbal pledge to Southern Miss seriously and is taking any increased interest in stride.
"It shakes things up a lot," he said of the LSU interest. "But my thing is that once I'm committed to a school, I don't want to turn my back on it. I have to figure out what's best for me. With everything locked in, I have to sit back and think about it. I don't know when I'm going to make my final decision."
Currently, Wilson is focused on his season as his team enters the second round of the playoffs following a 9-1 regular season. He has yet to talk to the LSU coaching staff and has let his head coach handle all of his recruitment so that he can stay focused on the field. Wilson is also up to 10 sacks on the season and is still working towards his goal of 15.
"My goal was 15 so with us still in the playoffs I know I can get some more," he said. "I think we can get to Bryant Denny Stadium and win a championship. I think we have the personnel to do it."
If Homewood does reach the state championship in Bryant Denny Stadium, it wouldn't be his first time in the venue.
"I went to the LSU-Alabama game this Saturday," he said. "I've never been to an SEC game before so it was pretty cool."
With one official visit scheduled to Southern Miss on the weekend of November 20th, Wilson is working on setting up one more to LSU. He also is excited about being selected to compete in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
"Coming into the season, I expected to go there if I worked hard enough," he said of the game. "I just wanted the shot. That was one of my goals. It's playing against Alabama's best and Mississippi's best. I'll get a chance to go up against top competition and get ready for the next level."