IU gets commitment from highly recruited Columbus East receiver

7:15 p.m. update: Duwyce Wilson just gave us a call after completing an early evening workout. The wideout from Columbus said he picked IU over the other schools that made scholarship offers because of its location close to home, his relationship with Hoosier coaches and the school’s academics.

“It just seemed that IU was the perfect place for me,” Wilson said.

When asked about his strengths as a player, he mentioned his “ability to go up and get the jump balls” and to make defenders miss after he makes the catch.

He’s been reported at 6-2 1/2 in some reports, but said he’s 6-4 and 190 pounds. Besides being a junior all-state pick in football the county player of the year in basketball, he also long jumped 22-6 and high jumped 6-4 in track this year.

Before making his trip to Bloomington today, he already knew that he was going to commit to play at IU. He just wanted to deliver the news to IU’s coaches in person.

“I was just glad finally to be a Hoosier,” he said.

Wilson had 49 catches for 961 yards and 12 TDs last season as a junior.

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Columbus East wide receiver Duwyce Wilson has given a verbal commitment to play college football at Indiana, according to his coach Bob Gaddis.

Gaddis said he got a call this afternoon from excited IU assistant coach Billy Lynch saying that Wilson had committed to IU on a visit to campus today.

With scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, Kentucky and Cincinnati, the 6-2 and 1/2 Wilson is considered one of the Midwest’s top players in next year’s senior class. He was also one of IU’s top targets for its 2009 recruiting class.

Gaddis said Wilson combines all of the things you want from an outstanding receiver – size, speed, toughness and good hands.

“When the ball is up, he’ll go get it,” Gaddis said. “He’s pretty fun to watch.”

Wilson is also a standout in basketball and track. In basketball, he was the county player of the year last season. In track, he appeared to be headed toward the state meet in the long jump and high jump before suffering a slight hamstring injury.

Gaddis said IU’s coaches did a good job in selling Wilson on IU by emphasizing not only football, but also the school’s academic programs and the close-knit group on Indiana’s team.”Besides being a very gifted athlete, personally he’s a real nice young man,” Gaddis said. “He’s pretty quiet.”

We hope to provide another update tonight after talking with Wilson.

15 comments

  1. Quite impressed with the recruits we have received verbals from so far….hopefully this continues.

  2. Really nice pick up. The Columbus East passing attack has been amazing the last couple years, capped off by a 60 point performance in a loss last year to Evansville Reitz in the playoffs.

    Man IU is on a roll!

  3. Coach Bill you are the man!! Keep it up!

    Hep has got a beautiful smile on his face right now.

    Welcome to IU Duwyce!!

    Great get IU. The best so far in 09.

  4. Caleb – I would put in top 3, but the best for 09? With Jerimy Finch going to be part of the 09 class I have trouble putting Duwyce as the best pick up to this point. Depending on what he does this year, he might be.

  5. Great pick up. I was not a fan of Lynch taking over but he is recruiting well. Finch still could play this year if NCAA gives IU a break.

  6. Duwyce could be better than James Hardy in time – he certainly has more speed and is more of a natural receiver than Hardy was coming into IU.

  7. Nice. A few things:

    Lynch is a better recruiter than I thought. Maybe IU is a more attractive option these days as well. It all makes me think that there is a lot more to recruiting than simply going with the school with the best record. I think these latest committs are excited about a program (possibly) on the up-and-come. The campus is beautiful, the town is buzzing, and the opportunities to contribute are plenty.

    Now that Lynch has brought these guys here, he just has to coach them. I am pumped, and my fingers are crossed.

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