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
Things have picked up since my last diary entry. More schools have expressed interest and are recruiting me, and I’ve gotten a few offers. I think that this must be the time of the season when recruiting really kicks in because coaches are calling me a lot now.
I have had contact from a lot of college coaches. So, that’s been a good thing. It’s also been a little overwhelming because I am trying to keep up with all of them.
The University of Central Florida has been at the top of my list for a while now as one of my favorites. I keep in contact with Coach Beckton, who is the wide receivers coach. He is coming up to see me this month to continue recruitment. So, I am really looking forward to that. I do feel pretty good about my chance of getting an offer based on the most recent conversations I’ve had with him. Who knows? We’ll see how things go. My parents and I were recently invited down for a game visit. The best part of the visit was the atmosphere and positive feedback I got from Coach Beckton and the other staff members. My parents really like the school because of what I can study there and see that it’s a good fit for me. I hope to travel back down on an official visit really soon.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is also on my list. I’ve been invited for a visit there, so my parents and I will be visiting there this month as well. There’s a good chance of getting an offer. They said that they love my highlight film and are excited about me, so I hope that’s enough to get a solid offer. My parents like this school, too, because it’s a Conference USA, which is competitive and there are several academic choices for me to study.
I have a few other big colleges on my list from the Big East, Conference USA, Big 10, and Pac 12 that have expressed a lot of interest and have put offers on the table now, but a few smaller I-AA schools have offered me also. They actually have been recruiting me for months now and have built really good relationships with me. I appreciate them, too, because they took a genuine interest in me early on when others didn’t.
Recruitment for me has been a roller coaster ride, but I have learned that is how it goes. I’ve just been holding on tight and trying to enjoy all of the ups, downs, curves, and twists. So, when it’s time to make a final decision as to where I will commit, no one is out of the game yet, no matter how big or small. It still will come down to how comfortable I feel about spending my next four years there and my chances at playing beyond that level. I am pretty sure that I will take my official visits so my parents and me can get a chance to really talk to the coaches and see the campuses so we can have all of the information to make a final decision. Right now, my focus is on my schoolwork and the playoffs. I want to do my very best to help lead my team to win the state title. I know that I’ve written this before but I will still trust that God will be my guide to put me where He knows will be the best place for me. Go Creek!