By JUSTIN RAINS
Elkhart running back Jeffrey Wilson isn’t even into his senior year yet, and already there are some major decisions on his plate.
The Elks star picked up his second college offer Thursday, this one from the University of North Texas. The Mean Green joins the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) on the list of suitors for Wilson.
“It’s exciting,” Wilson said of his budding recruitment. “It’s brand new and I’ve never felt it before, so it’s exciting.”
In his junior season, Wilson dominated for the Elks. He rushed for more than 2,300 yards on the ground and 26 touchdowns, averaging more than eight yards per carry along the way.
His numbers put him in rare air heading into his senior campaign in 2013. Wilson will be the state’s leading returning rusher at any classification of 11-man football.
While he now holds two offers, they certainly won’t be the only two as his career finishes up next year. Still, he’s trying to keep a level-head about the process.
“Really, right now, I’m just going to take it day-by-day,” he said. “(I’ll) talk to my family about it and evaluate every college and see which one I will benefit from in the future.”
EHS athletic director and football coach Sam Wells knows about talented running backs. While at Frankston, Wells coaches two backs to go on to Division I careers.
Brothers Colby and Treston Coleman went on to play college football at the running back position, with Colby signing with Texas Tech in 2009 and Treston signing with UT-San Antonio in 2012.
Totaled, Wells has sent five players to Division I schools and knows what it takes to get there. To him, Wilson has it.
“He’s a special player. I’ve known that for a little while and schools are taking notice,” Wells said. “He’s got the ability and the work ethic and everything needed to be successful at the next level.”