We all remember all to well how frustrating it was last season watching the Tennessee offense try to run the football last year. So, it is no surprise the staff is looking for some prospects on the line that play with an attitude. One of those guys is 2015 OL Nick Wilson. “In the past I don’t feel like I played with a mean streak, but last year I think I was able to really figure out how to turn that switch on when I need to,” Wilson said. Match that attitude with his 6-foot-3, 270-pound frame and you have the ingredients for a future SEC bulldozer. Keep in mind this is a rising sophomore who has actually dropped 10 pounds in an effort to put on some muscle.
Wilson said that he is still feeling the recruiting process out, so his summer hasn’t been terribly busy. He did attend a couple of camps including one at Georgia Tech, which isn’t far from his hometown of Alpharetta. He felt like he performed well, but their staff was not prepared to offer him this early on. “My coach was telling me that several other schools are interested too. They just said they weren’t ready to offer.” The same cannot be said of Tennessee and North Carolina who are currently the only two schools to offer him a scholarship. Neither has seen him in person yet. That will change on July 22 when Wilson will make the trip up to Knoxville. “Coach Sunseri kept calling after they offered me and kept saying how they want me to visit.”
While Sam Pittman coaches the offensive line, it appears Sal Sunseri is taking the lead with Wilson. Wilson went on to say that Sunseri has been the guy who stays in contact with him the most. “He seems like a really fun guy to be around just from talking to him on the phone. I can’t wait to meet him in person.”
There are several things Wilson will be looking for when he visits in six days. “I keep hearing about the new facility on campus, so I can’t wait to see it. I’m looking for a place where I can have a good relationship with the coaching staff and the players. I’m also looking forward to meeting the offensive line coach.” Obviously it is important for Sam Pittman to make a really good first impression this weekend because Wilson wants to have a good feel for his position coach. The staff has already put in a good amount of work on Wilson and he said that as of now Tennessee is the early favorite.
As our conversation went on, it transitioned away from recruiting talk to more important things such as: swag, his high school teammates, trash talk, and music. I expressed that his amount of swag would be very important to the fanbase. He understands that Tyler Bray and Da’Rick Rogers have set the bar pretty high in that regard, so he will do his best to carry the torch in that area. He admitted that his trash talk game isn’t quite at its peak yet. Right now he lets his play do the talking unless someone tries to make it personal and then he has no problem letting it loose. He said he regularly gets to go against current Auburn commit Carl Lawson in practice. “I feel like I’m going up against the best. He has taught me so much.” He added that he wins his fair share of those 1-on-1 battles. When asked if he would recruit Lawson to Tennessee if he committed, he said, “yeah if I feel like it is the place for me, I would recruit him and all my other teammates to come with me.” In his spare time he said his dad takes him and his friends four wheeling. Sound like he would fit in great in East Tennessee.