Wilson is "wide open"

Martez Wilson

Martez Wilson, a 6-foot-4 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker prospect at Chicago Simeon, has 22 scholarship offers and he insists he is currently open to everyone. What kind of interest does he have in Wisconsin?

Martez Wilson, one of the top class of 2007 prospects in the Midwest, if not the country, has scholarship offers from 22 college football programs: Northern Illinois, Illinois, Purdue, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State, Central Michigan, Northwestern, Southern California, Nebraska, Western Michigan, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Tennessee, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Penn State and Wisconsin.

"I haven't really narrowed it down yet because I have to sit down with my father and my uncle and…. we have to narrow it down," Wilson said in a telephone interview Sunday. "Right now I'm still wide open."

As a junior at Chicago's Simeon High School last fall, Wilson, who currently stands 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, had 99 tackles with 25 for loss, including 18 sacks, and seven forced fumbles — while weighing in at around 200 pounds.

He also runs track, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He claimed a personal best 22.8 seconds in the 200 this spring. He can cover 40 yards in 4.5 seconds.

With that kind of productivity and athletic ability, it is not the least bit surprising that college recruiters beat a path to Simeon to check out Wilson this spring.

"It's exciting because a guy like me in Chicago, Illinois, I would never have thought I was going to be getting recruited this hard," Wilson said. "But I guess they see my talent and I have the ability to be a good player in the future too. So I like it. It's fun. It can only happen once."

Defensive line coach Randall McCray is recruiting Wilson for Wisconsin.

"(I've been) talking to the coach, regularly sometimes," Wilson said of the Badgers' interest in him. "They are recruiting me as an outside linebacker. Rush end if they need me. The coach is really cool. I met the head coach (Bret Bielema) too. They came up to the school one day. He's a really nice guy."

What is Wilson's interest level in Wisconsin?

"I really like Wisconsin. They are a really nice school," Wilson said. "I'm supposed to be going up there to visit this summer with my coach. Visit the campus, chill with the coaches and get a better feeling for them guys. And just so they can get a better feeling of me too — see how good of a person I am."

Wilson would like to visit as many schools as he can unofficially this summer, but his travels will likely remain within the Midwest for practical reasons.

Said Wilson: "I want to visit Iowa, Michigan. I would like to visit USC but probably money issues [will play a role in traveling to Los Angeles], so I probably won't be able to do that. Ohio State — I might go visit them. Notre Dame — I'll probably visit them. I just got to see if I can make it to all of them. But (those are) the plans so far."

Wilson played on the edge in a "52" defense at Simeon last year, which has led schools to project him as either a true defensive end, a rush end or an outside linebacker.

"It's random," he said. "Some looking at me as a rush end, some look at me as an outside linebacker, some are looking at me as both…

"I was a standup defensive end so that's why a lot of coaches say that I can (play) their outside linebacker."

This season Wilson said he will put his hand on the ground as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.

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