DeVante Wilson took his first official visit to Arizona this past weekend and things went well with the Wildcats. It was such a nice trip that the three-star weak-side defensive end from Corona, Calif., said he's definitely going to keep Arizona high on his list.
"It was fun," Wilson said. "I had a chance to meet all the coaches and players and fans. It was a lot of fun and they showed me a lot of love out there. They're definitely going to stay on my list.
"I just like the coaches a lot, they seem sincere and they care about me as a person. It's not like they just want me to play. They want to make me a better man and it seems like a family atmosphere out there. Everyone is so close. I liked it a lot."
Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect, said he loved the atmosphere at the Arizona-Cal game and got to experience the Zona Zoo, Arizona's student section. It was a memorable moment during his official visit weekend.
"I sat in the Zona Zoo so it was pretty crazy," Wilson said. "The students were there and they really get into it like every time a big play happened, third down or first down, they're always super loud. It was really good, I liked it a lot."
What also stood out was when Wilson, rated No. 18 at weak-side defensive end nationally and No. 39 in the California state rankings by Rivals.com, sat down with Arizona's coaches, who told him that there could be many opportunities for early playing time.
"All of them pretty much stressed the fact that their top three defensive ends are graduating and they're going to need somebody to come in and play and help the rotation next year so I'd have a good chance and opportunity to play early."
Wilson liked his Arizona trip but not enough to commit yet. He's still planning to visit Nebraska the weekend of Oct. 16 when the Huskers host Texas. USC and Oregon have also recently inquired about him so Wilson plans to see if either Pac-10 powerhouse offers as well.
Colorado State, Duke, New Mexico, San Jose State, Utah, Washington, Washington State and Colorado have offered but are considered long shots at this point.
"I'm not worrying about it right now," Wilson said. "I'm just focusing on the season and when the time comes to commit I'll be ready."