Even though he had made a verbal commitment to Kansas in August, H.D. Woodson All-Met defensive end De’Jon Wilson was intrigued by what Colorado coaches had to say since then. They came to the Northeast school to visit, met him, and they told him they liked his size and potential and offered him a scholarship in September.
Wilson watched keenly as Colorado relied on young players for significant contributions during a tough season. That the Buffaloes play in the Pac-12 Conference was also appealing to the 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior. And when Kansas Coach Turner Gill was fired over the weekend, that was the final push that Wilson needed to switch his commitment from the Jayhawks to Colorado.
“I felt as if I had a better opportunity at Colorado and with [defensive line] coach [Kanavis] McGhee and he had the opportunity to play and coach on the next level and he knows what he it takes,” Wilson said late Monday night after committing earlier in the day. “I trust his instincts.”
Wilson initially chose Kansas over schools such as Illinois, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He had been re-thinking his commitment to the Jayhawks for weeks and over the weekend he called Kansas coaches to inform them of his change.
“Kansas is great as far as a coaching staff but when Turner Gill got fired that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Wilson said.
Wilson, who notched 48 tackles and four sacks this fall, said he will make his official visit to Colorado this weekend.
“Playing against Oregon, UCLA and USC, that’s a dream come true for me,” he said.
Colorado has made a recruiting push into the District. Former H.D. Woodson defensive back Sherrard Harrington, a friend of Wilson’s, is a freshman there. The coaching staff offered scholarships to current Warriors senior defensive back Kenny Crawley (a Tennessee recruit) and sophomore D’Andre Payne, and Friendship Collegiate running back Albert Reid (a West Virginia recruit). They’re also pursuing Warriors defensive back John Walker.
Wilson, who is in his fifth year of his high school, said he hasn’t decided if he will enroll early at Colorado. The senior said he will finish the needed credits to graduate this semester.