Letters of Interest: Robinson RB Joe Wilson awaits first offer


Despite rushing for an area-best 2,358 yards last season, Robinson junior RB Joe Wilson is still awaiting his first offer (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post).

As junior days take place across the country, setting off a flurry of offers and commitments for the next crop of talented football players, one name has been notably missing from the list of the area’s coveted recruits.

Robinson running back Joe Wilson led the area with 2,358 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns last season but as of Wednesday, the junior had yet to receive a scholarship offer. In fact, Wilson said he hasn’t even received as much as a phone call from a college coach this offseason.

“I’ve gotten a lot of letters from Maryland, Temple and Rutgers, so I guess you could say that’s heavy interest,” Wilson said. “Temple said they want me to come visit the school and watch a practice over spring break, but that’s about it. I thought I’d have a couple D-1 offers by now, but I’m not worried about it.”

With Wilson’s impressive production coming against some of the toughest competition in the Virginia AAA Northern Region, it’s somewhat puzzling why he hasn’t received an offer or more interest. And while some might argue that any player could put up those numbers with 336 carries, one could also say that few are built to endure such a workload and maintain success like Wilson did in earning second team All-Met honors.

At 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, Wilson is a compact runner with power to burst through the line and speed to find room off the edges. Twice he rushed for six touchdowns in a game, with one of those outings also producing a career-high 413 yards.

The fact that Robinson has yet to hire a coach since firing Trey Taylor in November plays a factor in this situation. High school coaches are often a player’s greatest advocate, sending out highlight reels and tapping into connections they might have at the next level. Wilson has created a website (joewilson32.com) with video, photos, clips and contact information but his efforts haven’t resulted an offer — yet.

“It’s hard because I don’t have a head coach to advocate on my behalf,” Wilson said. “I set a goal last season to get 2,000 yards and it happened, so I’m going to keep working this offseason and hopefully that will lead to me accomplishing another goal of getting an offer and playing in college.”

Snow pushed the DCSAA girls’ quarterfinals to Thursday, but there was one local game on the Wednesday slate:

VIDEO OF THE DAY
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NUMBER CRUNCH: 24-0
Perfect record that No. 9 Oakland Mills, the lone remaining undefeated boys’ team in the area, will put on the line against Calvert in Thursday’s Maryland 2A South region final

BREAKFAST LINKS
– Check out this good read from Eric Detweiler, who writes about Carroll Holmes’s successful transition to coaching the Friendly girls’ basketball team. The No. 20 Patriots will play No. 14 River Hill in Thursday’s Maryland 3A state semifinals, marking their first state tournament appearance since 1997.

– Boasting a 17-0 record in dual meets and one of the nation’s top wrestlers in Kyle Snyder, Good Counsel finished atop the Post’s final wrestling rankings.

– Gonzaga’s hockey team finished in the same place it started in the Post’s hockey rankings — at No. 1.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
No. 3 North Point vs. No. 10 Eleanor Roosevelt, 5 p.m. at UMBC (Maryland 4A girls state semifinal)
North Point, which has beaten all 25 of its opponents by an average margin of 45.1 points, will face its biggest test of the season in Roosevelt, a squad that features four players averaging double-figure points.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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