Blue Chip Chat with: Montour's Devin Wilson
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Wilson has been a varsity receiver and defensive back since his freshman year, but he will add a new dimension to his game this season. Wilson will play some at tailback for the defending WPIAL Class AAA champion. A year ago, he caught 71 passes for 901 yards and also was a standout defensive back. Wilson is one of the best two-sport athletes in the state, also excelling at point guard for the Spartans. He has won a WPIAL championship in football, a WPIAL title in basketball and played in two PIAA basketball championship games.
Not only does Wilson have to choose a college, but he also has to choose a sport. Division I colleges have offered him scholarships in both. North Carolina State was the first in football, and Temple, Ohio and Akron followed. St. Bonaventure, Drexel and Hofstra offered him basketball scholarships this summer. He previously had basketball offers from Akron, James Madison and Robert Morris.
Q: How do you like the idea of playing some at tailback?
I used to play it when I was in seventh and eighth grade. I transferred to wide receiver in ninth grade because I was too tall and too skinny for tailback. But I love running back. It's great. Any way I can get the ball helps me out.
Q: Montour lost a three-year starter at quarterback (Dillon Buechel, who graduated). Will this offense be a lot different this year?
We have a big line, so we're going to more of a running team. But we feel like we're still going to get that passing attack going because we have the receivers to do it.
Q: Can this team still be pretty good?
Definitely. We're still WPIAL championship contenders. Defense is our strong point. We have back almost our whole defense. Our offense will have to come along during the season.
Q: Do you have any idea at all where you might go to college?
I hope to take some visits on weekends this fall, just to see some colleges and see how they're going to use me in both sports.
Q: So you have no idea when you might know anything?
I would hope something stands out and I could get it over with. But to be honest, I have no timetable right now. I'm going to kind of just let everything come to me. It's totally up in the air.
Q: Do some colleges question your speed in football?
I've never trained to run the 40. I've always just gone out and played. I tried the 40 one time [at a combine] in Arizona. I didn't do too well. But I feel like I'm smart enough and athletic enough to play with anyone fast. If you're a speedster, I'll stride you out or read your steps. I feel like I can get you in many different ways.
Q: How many pairs of sneakers do you have?
Over 20. I'm a sneaker head. I love buying sneakers -- Nike, adidas, LeBrons, Jordans, whatever.
Q: Anything you need for back to school?
Mechanical pencils. I lose pencils like four times a day -- to guys, to different girls. It's pretty bad.
Q: Any idea of a college major?
As of now, I want to study law. I want to be a lawyer. I'm a free-minded person. I speak what's on my mind and I argue a lot.
Q: Who do you argue with?
My dad [Pierre]. He and I go back and forth about anything. We could argue about this turf right here.
First Published August 19, 2012 1:16 am