One of the most impressive playmakers in the west is wide receiver Marquis Wilson (6-0, 163, 4.4) from Draper (Utah) Juan Diego Catholic. Rivals.com recently named Wilson the number two rated prospect at any position from the Beehive State and for good reason.
Wilson tallied 39 receptions for 973 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. What make his stats even more impressive is the fact Juan Diego runs out of the predominately run first, pass second veer offense.
This talented playmaker has 25 career receiving touchdowns. Wilson is six touchdowns shy of breaking the state record for receiving touchdowns.
The odds are pretty good that the State of Utah will have a new record holder for receiving touchdowns after the 2004 season ends.
On defense Wilson also has playmaking skills as he picked off five passes. He’s also a tremendous punt returner, returning two for touchdowns.
Wilson had a pretty good showing at the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto last May. He ran a 4.63 on a slow and muddy track at the camp. According to Juan Diego offensive coordinator Greg Williams, Wilson runs the 40 consistently in the low 4.4’s.
Even though the field at the NIKE Camp at places resembled a swamp Wilson showed that he has true football speed when he had the second-best shuttle time with 3.92.
Wilson has even recorded a 34-inch vertical jump.
“Marquis makes the most out of his touches,” Williams said. “He averages 26 yards per catch.”
“Marquis turns a short pass into a long play,” Williams said. “The thing is he never leaves the field because he also plays corner on defense and is on special teams.”
Wilson is one of the main reasons that Juan Diego took the state championship when he was a sophomore and that they made to the state championship game as a junior before losing by a mere point.
A tremendous all-around athlete, Wilson has been a first-team all-state selection for both his sophomore and junior seasons. He is also a standout in hoops earning second-team all-state honors as a sophomore and moving to the first-team as a junior.
Wilson has five offers on the table from Nebraska, Arizona, Utah, Utah State and BYU.
Notre Dame, Cal, Washington and Boise State are also showing Wilson a lot of interest.
“Marquis would be the perfect wide receiver in the West Coast offense,” Williams said. “There are not that many players who have Wilson’s ability to turn a short pass into a long touchdown.”