Every single year you can pretty much count on Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland putting at least one prospect in the Rivals 100. The class of 2006 will be no different as athlete Tony Wilson was named to the Rivals.com pre-evaluation national top 50 and his spot is very likely secure.
"I already had offers from Georgia, Florida and Illinois," Wilson said. "I got an offer from LSU late last week. I get a lot of mail from other schools like Oklahoma, USC and some others too."
It is the persistence and early interest that appear to be paying off for some schools that have been place at the top of Wilson's list.
"Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Florida State and LSU are my top five schools right now," Wilson said. "Those schools either offered me really early or have been on me for a while and that means a lot to me.
Coach Kirby Smart offered me a scholarship when I was a sophomore and he was at LSU. I couldn't commit to them then, but I had an offer. I have built up a good relationship with him and now that he has moved to Georgia I still email and call him all the time."
The 6-foot-0, 180-pound Wilson runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and has a 500-pound squat. Mainland has former players playing college football all over the country, but there are three that he has remained close friends with and could factor into his recruitment.
"Every time Kelin Johnson comes home from Georgia he calls me up and we hang out," Wilson said. "He has really been trying to sell me on Georgia. He said they will be losing their top two wide receivers this year and no one has really stepped up and taken the job. If I go there early playing time would be there to earn. Avery Atkins and Brian Ellis and I are all real close too. They talk to me about Florida a lot and I definitely wouldn't mind playing with those guys again either."
As a junior Wilson caught 20 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown and returned two punts for touchdowns.
"Staying close to home is something that is not too important to really," Wilson said. "It would be nice, but it's not something that is really going to factor into my decision. I am looking to get a good education first and athletics second. I will also look at the lifestyle around these places and see if it is somewhere that I think I can fit in."