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.
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.