Recruiting Diary: Sandy Creek WR Kyle Wilson (Vol. 1)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Kyle Wilson is a wide receiver who transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta this summer for his senior year. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is still waiting on his first football scholarship offer.

    WR Kyle Wilson transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta for his senior season. He is waiting on his first D1 offer

    WR Kyle Wilson transferred to Sandy Creek High School from Alpharetta for his senior season. He is waiting on his first D1 offer

    This summer, I visited several big and small schools like Mississippi State, UGA, UT-Chattanooga, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Florida State, Central Florida, Indiana, and South Florida.  There are more colleges that are interested now, but we haven’t visited yet.  We plan to visit during the upcoming season.

    The best part of the visits I’d have to say was just being able to get to view the campus from a personal standpoint and ask the questions about the school.  To be honest, every visit has been truly fun and there hasn’t been a part that i didn’t like.  In fact, I was surprised at how much academic support they all give the athletes.

    Indiana was really nice.  I didn’t know what to expect, but once we got there, I really did well with working out [at camp] for my evaluation.  I was kind of worried because of the distance from home but the program is top notch.  So I know I would be fine there.  I also liked Kentucky a lot and felt like I impressed the coaches there.  I liked Western Kentucky and UTC as well.  I know that I could do very well in their programs too.

    I think that most likely a smaller school will offer me [a scholarship] before the big ones come in because all of the smaller schools are looking for the guy that isn’t on the big recruiting radar.  But it’s no shame to my game.  I will be on the big list very soon because finally I will be given a fair chance to play.

    The funniest thing on these trips is that from a TV standpoint, people may think that a school like Western Kentucky is very small. But when you visit schools like that, from the inside of the facilities, you would think that you were in a SEC school. I get a kick out of it every time because you never know what you’re going get when you visit a scool. The most boring part of a trip is the driving or flying there. I don’t like long rides at all, unless it’s for a game or something.

    My parents are excited about the recruiting process, as well as I am. But we all are very tired because the process is not as easy as someone would think it would be. They continue telling me that “my time will come” and I’ll have my options in front of me.  I know that will come because I have faith in God to provide the best for me.  I just get frustrated because I know what I can do on the field.

    The biggest lesson I learned so far that you cannot write off a college from what you hear about them from on TV, your peers, etc. The school may be in your best interest because it’s all about where you’re most comfortable at and not what looks best on TV and what people say.

    I hope that i get that initial offer soon to get the ball rolling.  I believe that it may be a smaller school because I’m not big on the recruiting radar. When the season starts, I don’t see any reason at all why I cannot get an SEC, Big Ten, Big East or ACC school to want me.  Most of the coaches are waiting for my first few games to make their offers mainly because of the lack of balls that were thrown my way last season.  They didn’t trust my abilities yet. College coaches are very surprised because they have evaluated me and ranked me high and can’t believe that [I was underused].  I’m glad the college coaches feel that way about me because … last year made me question my ability, and I was losing confidence.  Thank God for others who see me for the athlete I am.  I am so excited about my new coaches and my new team.  I cant wait to get to the Georgia Dome!

    I glad to share my thoughts with everyone because I know that I’m not the only athlete going through this recruitment process.  I hope that what I share with you can help in some way.

    • Featured prospect: Kyle Wilson
    • Position: Wide Receiver
    • Size: 6-3, 180
    • High School: Transferred to Sandy Creek from Alpharetta
    • College offers: None
    • Colleges interested: Indiana, UTC, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Central Florida and South Florida.
    • Fast fact: Will get looks this season playing on same team at Sandy Creek as two UGA commits, DB Shaq Wiggins and WR Demarre Kitt

    66 comments Add your comment

    nash

    July 29th, 2012
    12:36 am

    I think this is one of the best ideas that the AJC has come up with and I hope that this young man has a great season. One thing to remember is it is not all about going to the NFL a great education will lead to a great future.

    gt4ever

    July 29th, 2012
    12:44 am

    Hmmmmmm, out of all the D1 recruits to write about, how do we come up with this young man…?

    BLT

    July 29th, 2012
    12:45 am

    Interesting piece, good luck young man.

    Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    1:13 am

    ehh, not bad.

    Dawg'97

    July 29th, 2012
    2:10 am

    Agree with nash and BLT. I hope they post more of these. Kyle sounds like a kid with a good head on his shoulders. I wish him well in his senior season.

    Darryl

    July 29th, 2012
    5:02 am

    Looks like the kid and his family knows where to transfer too to get the exposure and play extreme high quality HS football. SCHS is a BEAST!

    A person SMART enough to know......

    July 29th, 2012
    5:21 am

    How long until these recruiting diaries get PC or too Ego filled?
    I hope they are good but at some point some kid will say the wrong thing and get in trouble.

    Former AHS Mom

    July 29th, 2012
    6:12 am

    Congratulations on the move! Now you will finally be coached. It is truly amazing how much talent there is at Alpharetta High School and nothing to show for it. The coaching staff at AHS should be ashamed for wasting all the resources they have both athletically and financially. If your son is a good player my advice is to do the same thing Kyle did, transfer. Don’t make the same mistake my family made and believe Dukes’ lies.

    Beast from the East

    July 29th, 2012
    7:58 am

    Good luck this season and make the most of the opportunities that will be given to you through your athletic ability.
    Go Gators!

    GIVE ME A BREAK

    July 29th, 2012
    9:37 am

    Get after him, GT.

    Hard Rain Gonna fall

    July 29th, 2012
    10:06 am

    Refereshing to see an intact supportive family exploring their sons future opportunities. Kid is gonna go far whether he makes it in football or not.

    Destin Dawg

    July 29th, 2012
    10:10 am

    have a great senior year and offers will come…don’t need to sign until Feb… Go Dawgs !!!

    HardTruth Here

    July 29th, 2012
    10:15 am

    Hey Kid, Ever here of Grambling, Southern, Morgan State, South Carolina State, FAMU, just to name a few. Try one you may like it.

    Bama Fan#2

    July 29th, 2012
    11:43 am

    MTSU would be a good school to check out!!

    --- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

    July 29th, 2012
    11:55 am

    Just watched SEC express LSUUUU—vs—JAWGER

    ——–i GUESS i ENJOY PAIN——-Turnovers and POOR Special Teams will kill a team!!!

    Too bad the HONEY BADGER IS BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF DRIVING FOLKS CRAZY

    --- Bitter Spoiled Recruits---

    July 29th, 2012
    12:00 pm

    MURRAY just threw another FRIGG-IN INTERCEPTION—-He didn’t learn did he, the next game against MICH ST he threw 2 MORE———-

    ON a good Hudson Mason drove the dawgs down field and would have score except for 3 dropped

    ————passes —-image that

    Steve J

    July 29th, 2012
    12:06 pm

    Wow, AHS mom! You really felt the need to specificly put a the AHS staff and a man’s name out there like that? I know the man and he’s a great guy. Sounds to me like your son maybe didn’t quite get what y’all THOUGHT you were promised or told. Maybe he should have been born with a little more fast-twitched muscle. Funny how people don’t realize that athletic successes are directly proportional to genetics. Typical parent, though, making such a comment about grown men trying to do the best they can without signing your name to it! Why don’t you tell us where you work and I’ll come tell you what you’re doing wrong, or call your boss and tell him/her what I don’t like about how your performing your job.

    Keith

    July 29th, 2012
    4:15 pm

    I wish he would have been scouted by Kenesaw State, they will be a viable force sooner or later. KennesawSports.com had the story.

    Chapell Hill-Lets Tell The Truth

    July 29th, 2012
    4:58 pm

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    Chapell Hill-Lets Tell The Truth

    July 29th, 2012
    5:25 pm

    UNBELEIVABLE AJC!!! I would have thought that a newspaper would have done its home work a litte better than this. Before allowing a “college prospect” to blog on your website, maybe you should know a little about him. Maybe you should have asked one of his coaches about him. That should be easy. He is on his 4th high school is 4 years. There are a lot of real college prospects that deserve exposure. I would have thought his mom would have gotten him tons of offers by now. Oh yea, only grades, talent and being coachable can do that. Good luck holding it together Sandy Creek!

    demhoochboyz14

    July 29th, 2012
    5:51 pm

    Wassup wit da players and coaches leavin alphareta?

    StopblamingAHS

    July 29th, 2012
    6:56 pm

    My child graduated from AHS and I couldn’t disagree more with the mom. My son wasnt a college prospect at all, but he worked his bun off, started varsity games (which i never thought could happen)and the coaches did everything they could for him. I won’t name names but there are some young coaches there that really care about these kids. They take them to camps on there own dime and we know teaching doesn’t command the great salary. I watched this team last season and this kid was jealous of the other WR. So his mommy packed it up and moved again, I didn’t know it was four schools four years. (CHapel Hill, Lithia Springs, Alpharetta, Sandy Creek) thats a world tour! Had he made plays instead of worrying about his touches he may have been where he wants to be. He could’ve been the hero in the playoffs , 80-yd bomb, wide open, defense 7 yards behind him and he drops it. And Sandy Creek? He’s the 3rd WR there at best! When will parents realize that coaches cannot force college coaches to offer there children, look in the mirror! Way to go AJC!

    Pigskin Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    6:57 pm

    Chapel Hill-Lets Tell The Truth… Have YOU thought about the fact that the AJC DOES do their homework on the people it does stories on? I personally know this young athlete and he has moved to other schools for reasons that YOU don’t know about and are only “guessing” and “assuming.” (We all know what they say about assuming.) He is definitely a D1 prospect who deserves exposure. Too bad his last school didn’t realize what they had. I’m glad he left them to get the opportunity he deserves. He’s a good kid who’s gonna go far. So, I suggest that you get your facts straight before you start “bad mouthing” good people. Just sayin.

    Pigskin Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    7:07 pm

    StopBlamingAHS, All I can say is hhhmmm. Not everyone on the AHS coaching staff cares about the players equally. I also watched this team last season, and this kid was just not utilized nearly enough. Nothing to do with being jealous at all. Those coaches were just favoring the one WR they were used to instead of being real coaches to put the best players on the field. Oh yeah. ALL of the WR dropped critical passes in that playoff game, especially the one you said this kid was jealous of which was in the endzone wideopen! If you’re gonna speak on it, then speak on ALL of it. Don’t just single out this kid.

    Steve J

    July 29th, 2012
    8:43 pm

    Still haven’t seen anyone, that wants to say/imply something that’s personal, express their opinion with a name. Amazing!!! By the way, good luck Kyle (and I truely mean that sincerely, my responses have nothing to do with you) !!! Oh, I just remembered to include the same # of exclamation points as I did after the 1st sentence, other wise someone would be upset that I didn’t include the same emphasis on the 2nd sentence that I did on the 1st. FYI, for all of you expert football opinions, at the end of the year banquet, make sure everyone gets equal time and emphasis, or someone’s parent will be unhappy! I’m sorry again, I forgot, they don’t have football banquets a the end of the Madden 2012 season, or fantasy league season.

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    9:09 pm

    I cannot believe that AJC stooped this low. “Mommy” must have had something to do with this. This guy is a “Nightmare” and why don’t some of you ask his 4 former coaches from his previous schools why did not work out. I bet it is th same old excuse” I did not get along with the coaches”. Chapel Hill, you hit it right on the nose!!
    I cannot beleive that people are falling for the “poor old Kyle” is not getting enough attention and has such a level head. Once people find out his true character, they will now what the coaches from 4 High Schools mean. AHS people, stop fretting over this one. No lose to use. It is great to be free of the trouble. By the way Sandy Creek, be ready to be approached on the field by “Mommy” and “Daddy”, even if it is a big win, to explain why poor little Kyle did not get enough touches.
    I’m going to vomit now, thanks for listening.

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    9:31 pm

    By the way, to all of you good luckers, ask about his attitude, work ethic, and the F bombs that he throws at the QB for not throwing “him the ball” One selfish “me” person. The word “Team” has no meaning.

    Pigskin Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    9:43 pm

    Buck you’re funny. This kid’s had no issues with his prior coaches until last year. Like I advised Chapel Hill, get your facts straight. His parents are good people. Sandy Creek, you have another great player added to your team. Good luck, Kyle! I’ll be rooting for you like many others. Don’t worry about the negative nuts. They have nothing else better to do but be nasty.

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    10:12 pm

    Pigskin, have you ever dealt with this “Fine young man”?

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    10:26 pm

    Wait until he or his parents have one of their “moments” on the field. You can’t make this stuff up!! As a AHS parent and watching what a Cancer one person can be to a team, my kid and other players are so glad see him go!!
    Never heard of a player that can kurse teamates,coaches and be so recriuted by “major” schools. If his does get his chance, what and see how a college coach responds to “Jekyl and Hide”. Just put him through a couple of drills.

    THEHILLISREAL

    July 29th, 2012
    10:36 pm

    WOW! Grown Ass People slamming a child…WTF? Are y’all loser are something.That what parent suppose to do, place there child in the best position to succeed.

    @nate AJC got this idea from ESPNRISE.

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    10:50 pm

    He is not a child!! If he is a so called “prospect” maybe one day he will learn the word “Respect” and accept coaching. I wish Kyle the best of luck, but don’t get me wrong, until some things change, The Hillis real better learn a little more about the situation.

    Pigskin Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    11:11 pm

    Buck, wow, you obviously don’t really know this kid and let me warn you about what harsh words you use about ANY player no matter what you feel. This kid or any kid does not deserve to be referred to as a cancer. Watch out, Buck, the ignorant.degrading things you say about a kid will come back to you in the worst way. Hhhhmmm, possibly to your own kid. Do you know what he and his family have been through? Did you bother to even think about that before you passed judgment on him? No, I don’t think so. Yes, I can personally vouch for his character, work ethic and ability and I can get plenty of others including coaches to do the same. NEVER did he or his parents have any issues until last season. So THAT should tell you SOMETHING. Someone should take a look at the coaching staff because there’s a couple of bad bones there. Oh, I forgot. You’re too busy bad mouthing a kid who’s just trying to play football in high school and get to college. Instead of doing that, why don’t you wish this “fine young man” good luck? I’m glad that he left too so he won’t have to go through another season of deceit. I don’t gain anything by bad mouthing any kids. So, good luck to you and your kid, Buck. I surely pray that you are NOT teaching your kid to do what you’re doing.

    Like I said before, Kyle, don’t feed into the negative mess that some stupid ADULT or any other blogger has written. You be the bigger man, wish your former teammates good luck, and work your tail off to have a great senior year. I’m sure that you are doing well anyway in your new spot. You will get to college. Looking forward to your next diary entry.

    Buck

    July 29th, 2012
    11:18 pm

    Must be mommy again

    Pigskin Fan

    July 29th, 2012
    11:23 pm

    I wish I WAS his mommy or daddy because I’d probably write a few “nice” things just for you, Buck.

    Brohamm478

    July 30th, 2012
    8:35 am

    Yep, I definatley think PigSkin Fan is either mama or daddy. lol.

    John Henry

    July 30th, 2012
    9:04 am

    Buck, you sound like a “coach”

    John Henry

    July 30th, 2012
    9:07 am

    AHS is a very good school!!!!!!!

    John Henry

    July 30th, 2012
    9:20 am

    I saw AHS on a couple of occasions, just wanted to see what all the hype was about! Good team, but they were a right handed go off the same count team…very predictable…Good QB…Good RB’s…Good receivers…Good line…Defense wins Championships…and theirs was inconsistant!

    Ted Striker

    July 30th, 2012
    9:26 am

    Sounds like he has good perspective, good character. Could be a real sleeper. Hard to say what a guy can do with the ball if it’s not thrown his way.

    Hope he locks down a spot at a school he wants.

    Glad to see an article on a guy who isn’t a 5 star rated, doesn’t have an offer. But still a good kid that could make an impact for his team. Never know what might happen good for this kid.

    Thanks for the article.

    Truth Hurts

    July 30th, 2012
    9:29 am

    HardTruth Here
    July 29th, 2012
    10:15 am

    Hey Kid, Ever here of Grambling, Southern, Morgan State, South Carolina State, FAMU, just to name a few. Try one you may like it.

    Schools for racists.

    To Tell the Truth

    July 30th, 2012
    9:30 am

    Amen, gt4ever!!!

    Amen! BTW, why did this kid transfer did they move? Hum? Seems like if anyone else did this, they would have to forfiet their senior season unless his family physically moved. Something does not smell right with this, especially, transferring your senior season.

    That Dude Says...

    July 30th, 2012
    9:44 am

    Some of you all on here have me cracking up!

    Either way what ever the truth is I don’t care. If he was going to transfer to a school at least the young man transferred to great school in Sandy Creek. I’m ready for SCHS football. Let’s go Patriot’s!!!!!

    Andrew White

    July 30th, 2012
    9:48 am

    Funny how somehow Sandy Creek gets stand out athletes to transfer there every single year. Last time I checked public schools cant recruit…….

    Ted Striker

    July 30th, 2012
    9:48 am

    p.s.

    Anyone who wants to criticize this guy, just do this one thing, please.

    Post your name.

    Own your critique.

    If this kid’s name is in the paper and you’re going to take shots at him, get out of the shadows.

    Otherwise you’re just talking behind his back.

    If Carvell criticizes someone, his name is under the article. Carvell ain’t no wimp.

    kmarshall 4

    July 30th, 2012
    10:06 am

    sandy creek does it every year recruit that is

    seabass

    July 30th, 2012
    10:16 am

    gt4ever, yall should go for him. You should have a legit chance.

    RC Cola

    July 30th, 2012
    10:24 am

    Alpharetta Football has come a long way when a transfer is featured in a recruiting article in the AJC over many more worthy prospects. I would think with Joshua Dobbs at QB any WR would be in hog heaven. I went to an Alpharetta game last Fall, it was my first visit. I went primarily to see this unknown QB, because a coach said he was the real deal. Keep in mind Dobbs was a bench-warmer at Class A Wesleyan, and had transferred to a AAAAA school to try to win the QB job. Several things about the visit stand out to me. 1. Alpharetta’s football stadium has the most beautiful setting I’ve seen in Georgia. 2. Joshua Dobbs is the real deal. 3. He didn’t have a lot of help. 4. No other player stood out to me, and I’m always looking for the diamond in the rough. Finally, I hope this young man finds a place that meets his needs, but if he has gone to as many camps as reported it’s probably not in football. Football coaches depend on talent to make their livelihood, and they rarely let one slip by unnoticed if there is a glimmer of hope for winner.

    another football player

    July 30th, 2012
    10:43 am

    RC Cola, football visits don’t mean camp evaluations. there is a difference between the two. he could have visited some and camped at some. recruiting is a crazy long process for some. I know first hand. a lot of people don’t know what goes on and its hard for players like us who aren’t rated 5-star but are darn good at our game. I also think AHS slept on him. Too bad.

    RD

    July 30th, 2012
    10:48 am

    @Truth Hurts

    July 30th, 2012
    9:29 am
    HardTruth Here
    July 29th, 2012
    10:15 am

    Hey Kid, Ever here of Grambling, Southern, Morgan State, South Carolina State, FAMU, just to name a few. Try one you may like it.

    Schools for racists.
    __________________________________________________________________________________

    You are the epitome of a ignorant racist. The universities mentioned are just as qualified for his academic and athletic talents as any other university. And they are open to ANYONE who meets admission qualifications.