Wilson: "I knew Duke was the place"

Shaun Wilson

After being evaluated for several weeks, the Blue Devil coaching staff decided to extend an offer to Shaun Wilson late last week. It didn't take long for the ultra-productive Charlotte area prospect to commit after that. TDD spoke with Wilson to find out how things came together so quickly.

"Really, they offered me around three days ago," said Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg standout Shaun Wilson. "I wasn't thinking about committing so quickly, but I prayed about it and it was really clear that Duke was the only place for me."

Wilson, who measures out at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds with a 4.5 forty, chose Duke over offers from Appalachian State, East Carolina, Louisville, Marshall, Toledo, and Wake Forest. He had also fielded recent interest from schools such as NC State, South Carolina, and Clemson. Still, it was Duke that won his pledge.

"When you look at it, they have everything I was looking for. The school and the program are a great fit. They play in the ACC, which was something I wanted to do. The academics are phenomenal, and they run a spread offense, which is what I'm used to. Also, it's only two and a half hours - at most - from home, so my family can come see me play. When Coach told me they wanted me, I just kind of knew."

In addition to the academic draw, Wilson says he feels that there is a very specific plan for him at Duke.

"I'm going to be one of their running backs. I feel like their backs are able to do a lot of things in their offense, and I have a lot of the skills they need. I can run and I can catch out of the backfield. They really showed me that they have a plan for me."

With his commitment coming on Friday night, Wilson had thought of making the trip to Durham for an unofficial visit on Saturday, but scheduling conflicts wouldn't allow. He'll make the trip this weekend, however.

"I'm definitely going up this weekend to see the game against Troy. I'm looking forward to getting up there and meeting the players and other recruits."

So far during his high school season Wilson has helped West Mecklenburg to a 4-0 start on the season by powering his team's high octane offense.

"We want to be the best conditioned team out there. We like to constantly be moving at a high pace. I think my coach told me that through four games I have 870 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. I've also returned a kick for a touchdown as well. Our goal is to win a state title, and we feel like we're proving we belong so far."

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