Former Virginia Tech running back David Wilson wants to be a first-round NFL draft pick this spring. So on Thursday he officially picked the same agent as Mark Ingram of the New Orleans Saints, the only tailback taken in the first round of last year’s draft.
Wilson has signed with prominent NFL agent Joel Segal, whose clients include Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Titans running back Chris Johnson, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin and Ingram, among others.
Segal also represents Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Josh Morgan, both of whom went to Virginia Tech as well.
Wilson, the ACC’s player of the year this past season, decided to forgo his final year of eligibility in Blacksburg after setting a school record with 1,709 rushing yards in 2011. Most NFL draft projections have Wilson as the second-best running back prospect in this year’s field, trailing only Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who officially declared for the draft this week.
Wilson indicated on his Twitter account Thursday that he is already at the Walt Disney World athletic facilities in Orlando to train for the NFL scouting combine, which takes place Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.
Wilson joins wide receiver Jarrett Boykin (Kevin Poston), right tackle Blake DeChristopher (Drew Smith), right guard Jaymes Brooks (Drew Smith) and left guard Greg Nosal (Jordan Byrd) as players from this past season’s Virginia Tech team who have signed with agents. Wide receiver Danny Coale, safety Eddie Whitley and tight end Chris Drager are also actively pursuing careers in professional football.