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WVU DB Target Georgia Southern Transfer Anthony Wilson Just Wants to Prove Himself
There’s nothing more for Anthony Wilson to prove at Georgia Southern. Once he realized that, it was time to move on and finish the rest of his eligibility elsewhere.
Could WVU be the right place for Wilson to finish out his college career and take his game to another level against better competition? Well, the Mountaineers are now an option after sending the 5-foot-10, 200-pound defensive back an offer.
WVSN spoke with Wilson about his future plans and what he’s heard from WVU. Wilson has only been in the transfer portal for about a week and already has over 10 schools expressing interest in him.
West Virginia Enters Competition for Georgia Southern Transfer DB Anthony Wilson
Beyond wanting to advance as a player and experience a higher level of competition, Wilson made his intentions clear. “I’ve done everything I had to do at GSU over the past 4 years and I learned a lot,” he said.
But what is Wilson looking for in his next college home exactly? What qualities does he hope to find besides just making him a better player? “I’m looking to come somewhere where I can come in and make an instant impact in the DB room, as well as, a family oriented coaching staff that brings the best out of there players while I also improve my draft stock,” said Wilson.
Hearing that makes a mutual interest between Wilson and West Virginia make sense. WVU often sells recruits on West Virginia being a major program with a long history that can deliver a family atmosphere in a typical college town like Morgantown. It now sounds as if that may be just what Wilson desires to find at this point in his career.
He also fits into WVU head coach Neal Brown’s current plan for this coming season. Brown made it known at the start of his team’s Spring ball period that acquiring more secondary help in the portal is a priority before the Fall. So despite landing a commitment from Minnesota Beanie Bishop, it stands to reason why West Virginia would like to add Wilson as well.
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Wilson then shared what the WVU staff has said to him. “They want to get me up there for an official visit and we’ve been talking about positions I would play in the defense,” he revealed. Versatility has been a big emphasis for the Mountaineers throughout the Spring.
Wilson describes himself as a “disruptive” player with a high IQ for the game. He sees himself as a player with the ability to be a physical force and also win one-on-one battles in coverage. That type of athlete fits the aggressive mentality of the West Virginia defense, especially as it faces pressure to improve upon a disappointing showing in 2022.
Knowing he can’t waste too much time if he wants to be fully acclimated before the season, Wilson is targeting May as when he will commit to his new team.
Wilson, a multi-time All-Sun Belt selection as a three-year starter at Georgia Southern, posted 101 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception as a redshirt junior this past season. His tackle total was the third-most by any defensive back at the FBS level.
He has two years left of eligibility due to being part of the 2020 COVID-19 year. Some of the major programs the Mountaineers are competing with in their pursuit of Wilson include UCF, Louisville, Tennessee, Purdue, Minnesota, Pitt, Cincinnati, Duke, SMU and Tulane.