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here is an interview with Martez Wilson from ESPN. I think you will like it.

 

 

 

It has been an up-and-down couple of years for defensive end prospect Martez Wilson. After blossoming as a national prospect, his varsity head coach Alvin Scott lost his battle with cancer.

 

Despite that tragedy, the Simeon High (Chicago, Ill.) rising senior was able to focus last year under new head coach Jesse Chick and has people buzzing about his ability in a town where high school football can be overshadowed.

 

At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Wilson is an athletic talent with a great frame and wonderful upside. His 18 sacks last year are an indication of his ability to get after the quarterback, something that always opens up recruiters' eyes. He has attracted attention from schools all around the Midwest as well as from places like Southern Cal, Tennessee and Boston College.

 

"It's been more than I thought it would be," says Wilson. "I like it, though. I was hoping it would happen, and it did, and I am happy."

 

He started playing football in pads in the eighth grade, and his talent started to shine through the next year as a freshman. Paul Phillips, the freshman coach at the time, saw Wilson's ability and told him he could be the best if he just worked at it, advice Wilson heeded.

 

Wilson sits at 21 offers but has no favorites yet and is still wide open to the process. He is the first in his family to go through the process, though his father Michael Whitehead, other family members and his coaches provide a solid support group.

 

Eddie Whitehead, his uncle, or Phillips, who now coaches the offensive line, accompany him on his trips. Both have strong relationships with him and will play a role in his recruiting process.

 

He says of his uncle's involvement, "He supports me and knows I am on the right track right now, and he wants me to stay that way. He is really into it."

 

Wilson has had an opportunity to unofficially visit a handful of schools so far and hopes to get out to some more this summer.

 

As for what he's looking for, Wilson says, "First I look for the coaches' trust, then academics, as far as do they have my major, which is business or real estate, and I also look into the coach's prestige as far as is he a winning coach."

 

Another factor important to him is having the opportunity to play early -- Wilson wants to start as a true freshman.

 

"I want to be an immediate impact player, because I feel I have the ability to do that," Wilson said. While that is never an easy task, he says he has talked about it with his recruiters, and they all feel he has the ability to play as a freshman.

 

Wilson also has leaned on former Morgan Park quarterback Demetrius Jones, a former high school rival who signed with Notre Dame's 2006 class.

 

Wilson remembers Jones saying, "Stay humble, because now you are about to experience a whole new world. Keep your head above water."

 

Safe to say, he is taking his friend's advice seriously.

 

 

 

Wilson Q&A

 

 

Scouts Inc.: Who are your favorite players, and do you use their play as a model?

Wilson: Terrell Owens is my favorite, but I watch Simeon Rice and Jevon Kearse. I see similarities in our games -- we are all tall, have long arms, and we are athletic. They do everything well, so I like watching film of them and help myself get better.

 

 

Scouts Inc.: Goals for your senior season?

Wilson: For the team, our goal is winning state, and personally, I want to make the All-American game. Last year we went to the city championship versus Morgan Park and lost to them in the last eight seconds.

 

Scouts Inc.: Favorite actors?

Wilson: Jamie Foxx, Mike Epps, Chris Tucker and Brad Pitt.

 

Scouts Inc.: Cubs or White Sox?

Wilson: White Sox. I live on the south side of town.

 

Scouts Inc.: Do you think the NCAA should do something about all the text messaging?

Wilson: I do because everyone doesn't have the money to pay for all that text messaging.

 

Scouts Inc.: How many do you get in a week?

Wilson: Actually it has calmed down, so now I probably get about a good 80 a week. It has calmed down a lot, because before I was getting so many at a time, my inbox was full, and I would have to erase it so I could get more.

 

Scouts Inc.: Person you most admire?

Wilson: My grandma Barbara Wilson and my father Michael Whitehead. Simple fact that my father has been taking care of me my whole life. He is a really good man and one reason why I am where I am at today. My grandma has always been an inspiration to me my whole life. That is another reason why I want to make it, so she can see that.

 

Craig Haubert is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN's Scouts Inc.

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Short of Deonte Thompson and unrealistic Marvin Austin, this guy is #3 for me. I REALLY want this guy to be a domer. To the point that it stresses me out. And I know nothing more than what I read about his recruitment. And it kills me. Somebody guarantee me that we get this guy. PLEASE!

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Sorry, I left the main part out. The chat. There are other parts to it after Wilson.

 

 

 

Chat with Craig Haubert

 

 

Welcome to The Show! On Wednesday, Scouts Inc.'s Craig Haubert, will stop by to take your questions!

Craig will be joined by Martez Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end out of Simeon High in Chicago. Wilson hasn't committed anywhere yet, but Illinois, Michigan and Kansas State are listed as interested schools in his RecruitTracker profile.

 

Send in your questions now and stop by at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday to join the chat!

 

Recruiting Archive: Chats | Index

 

Buzzmaster: We've got Martez! Let's get started!

 

Craig Haubert: Welcome everyone to another recruiting chat -- As always thanks for joining us. We have one of the nations top defensive end prospects in Martez Wilson stopping by to take some of your questions. Martez is out of Simeon High in Chicago and you can read more about him after the chat in this weeks "Get To Know".

 

Craig Haubert: Two quick announcements before we get started. Tomorrow on ESPNU RB Marc Tyler will be announcing his decision live at 4:05 EST

 

Craig Haubert: Also on July 10th we will be releasing the ESPN 150.

 

 

 

 

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Pat (chicago): Matez, what defensive end would you compare yourself to and why?

 

Martez Wilson: I compare myself to Simeon Rice, because, No. 1 we're both tall, fast, athletic and have long arms. We're both from the state of Illinois. We both play hard. That's who i compare myself to.

 

 

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Ryan, Port Charlotte, FL: Hey Martez, How about the U. I read in an article that it was your dream school. Is that true and what are the 'Canes chances in the recruiting process?

 

Martez Wilson: Yes, that is my dream school in growing up. Recently, they sent me a letter, because they want to see my highlight tape. Then I guess they'll decide on whether to make an offer. Yes, I sure would like to go there.

 

 

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Russel (Lincoln, NE): Martez are you planing an offical visit to Notre Dame?

 

Martez Wilson: Yes I am. I haven't made an official date yet, but I plan on making one.

 

 

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Jack: (Chicago, Illinois): Martez, how close are you and Derek Rose? And will his decision on where to attend college affect your?

 

Martez Wilson: Actually, we're pretty close. We kick it now and then. We talk. His decision won't effect my decision. He has to do what's best for him, and me, I have to do what's best for me.

 

 

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Brian (PA): Martez who is recruiting you the hardest? Do you think you will play LB or DE and do you have any favorites (ND)?

 

Martez Wilson: Right now, Wisconsin, Illinois and Notre Dame are recruiting me the hardest. ND is talking to me about an OLB. Illinois is looking at me as an athlete, DE, LB, TE. Wisconsin as an OLB. It varies with the schools and what spots they need to fill.

 

 

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Ed (Maryland): Hows it goin Martez. Any chance you will take a visit to Penn State. I know it's a little far but I promise you it will be well worth it.

 

Martez Wilson: I want to make a visit there. I'm thinking about making an official visit. It all depends on my top 5. I sure would like to go down there.

 

 

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Dan (Middletown,NJ): Martez, if you could be any other position what would it be and why?

 

Martez Wilson: I would play safety, because I feel I have good enough footwork and speed and I can tackle. I feel I could be a good safety.

 

 

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Tim, Miami: how much would like to weigh heading into college?

 

Martez Wilson: I would like to weigh a good 240-245.

 

 

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Bill, South Bend: Are you looking at the defensive schemes schools run to help you decide?

 

Martez Wilson: I'm not looking at defensive schemes right now. But when I look at making a serious decision, I will look at it to make sure I feel comfortable in that program

 

 

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Dan (NJ): What would draw you to select a team to play for?

 

Martez Wilson: First, the coaches that I can trust. Second, academics if they have the major I want to major in which is real estate or business. Third, the prestige of the program. Are they up and coming?

 

 

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Will, AZ: What do you think is the toughest conference in college football?

 

Martez Wilson: I would have to say the Big 10.

 

 

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Marc (Los Angeles, CA): Martez, What are you thoughts of going to school at USC? Big city, sunshine, great academics and alumni association and a school that could use a good pass-rusher like yourself. Can't forget that USC has recently sent guys like Mike Patterson, Shaun Cody and Kenechi Udeze in the league as well as a guy like Willie McGinest and Pete Carroll is the most charismatic coach in college. Think about it man. Fight on!

 

Martez Wilson: I like the USC Trojans a lot. I could see myself playing for them. They've been winning recently. I feel that I could help that program out. I see USC as a possiblity right now.

 

 

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David (Wooster, OH): Martez, where does ND sit in your list/ranking of schools? Thanks GO IRISH!!

 

Martez Wilson: I put them in my top 5. I haven't made an official top 5. I have a top 10, but when I do make a top 5, they'll be there.

 

 

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BMAC (PHILLY, PA): Martez I know you are pals with Robert Hughes. If Hughes picks up an offer this week from ND is there a chance that the both of you could be playing under the golden dome? GO IRISH

 

Martez Wilson: It's a great possibility, but we really have to look hard into that. Right now it's looking good, but I'm not guaranteeing anything right now.

 

 

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Dan (NJ): Who was the NFL player that you liked the most and made you want to play football?

 

Martez Wilson: The football player that made me want to play football was Reggie White and Barry Sanders, because they dominated their positions. Up to this day, my favorite NFL stars are Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens.

 

 

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John, Chicago: Have you ever watched film of the home town Bears and their dominating '86 defense?

 

Martez Wilson: No, I have never watched the film, but I sure would like to.

 

 

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Sean (Boulder, CO): Martez, have any experiences with crazy boosters yet? Do you plan on visiting CU at all?

 

Martez Wilson: I don't have any experiences with any boosters. Colorado, I don't think I'll visit them, because they're not in my top 10, but if I have a chance to make an unofficial visit, I might go there.

 

 

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Chris, Michigan: Who has been the toughest lineman you have faced so far in your career? Chicago has some good talent.

 

Martez Wilson: Actually, I'm not sure. I've been up against some good linemen. Ramon Johnson was probably the toughest. Not to brag or nothing, but I dominated them all. But Ramon was the toughest.

 

 

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Chris (Philly): Martez - Is staying close to home a factor in your decision?

 

Martez Wilson: No it isn't. Location does not matter.

 

Craig Haubert: Martez has to run - Thanks to him for stopping by.

 

Craig Haubert: Lets get to some of your questions.

 

 

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Pat (chicago): Marc Tyler annouced he would be deciding where he is going to go soon. What day did he say he was commiting, and is it a safe assumption that he is going to be headed to USC.

 

Craig Haubert: Tyler will announce tomorrow on the U like I mentioned earlier - tune in tomorrow to find out where he is going

 

 

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Robert (Minneapolis): Craig- Do you think Jimmy Claussen will be the real thing, or is he just an overhyped prima donna?

 

Craig Haubert: No I think he is the real deal. He has exceptioanl arm strength and is well groomed in the pass game as far as scheme is concerned. Nothing is ever a lock in life and anything could happen,- but in a perfect world, he should be a good one at the college level.

 

 

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Rob, Philadelphia,PA: Craig, I been looking at all these recruiting websites and see that they have their top 100 propects lists together, including yours. How is this possible when not all players have been evaluated???

 

Craig Haubert: I can't comment on other sites or how they have put together their lists or why they have chosen to release them when they did because I simply don't know.

 

Craig Haubert: We will be officially releasing our 150 on 7/10 -- we now have grades on the recruit tracker but no one is ranked. We feel by our release date we will have seen many of the nation's top players and can put togther a comprehensive ranking.

 

Craig Haubert: We will continue to go through film after the 10th and evaluate players and keep adjusting the list as need be.

 

 

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Charles (Baltimore): What can you tell us about Nick Sukay. He has a very impressive list of offers.

 

Craig Haubert: Sukay is one of the top players in the Keystone State -- he is a big and physical receiver with big-play ability after the catch. Very competitive when the ball is in the air -- very good hands -- those are the reasons why schools are looking hard at him.

 

 

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victor alexandria,la: craig what do you make of michigan this year?

 

Craig Haubert: I think Michigan is off to a great start -- QB Ryan Mallett is a nice fit and S Jeremy Finch is an excellent safety -- great size with range versus the pass and run. A nice addition with Jonas Mouton. They have 5 prospects who so far have graded very well.

 

 

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Matt (Akron, OH): WHat do you think of Toney Clemons?

 

Craig Haubert: His true position may not be determined till he gets into college -- vertical threat in the passing game and very explosive for his size. No questioning this kid's tools, but he is raw.

 

 

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Shawn (Minneapolis): Craig, do you think that Wisconsin has a legit shot at signing Martez Wilson or will it be a bigger program like ND or Miami?

 

Craig Haubert: Well he was just here and would be the guy to ask. I will say that they are in his top 10 at this point -- so you have to consider them having a legit shot.

 

 

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Marc (NJ): What are your thoughts on Penn State's class this far?

 

Craig Haubert: PSU is doing well, especially in state. OG Josh Marks is a good, tough player, and I also like LB Chris Colasanti out of Michigan. The two other players are in-state guys. Bit of a slow start with some good talent, but remember the Nittany lions made most of their splash last year in December and January.

 

 

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Rob (LA): Is Mike Gundy upgrading the talent level of the recruits to Oklahoma State? Will they ever reach the status that K-State enjoyed for a while?

 

Craig Haubert: Gundy did a good job last year with some in state talent and in Texas. Guys like Burton, Chinasa, and Terrance Anderson are good players. This year slow start with three solid players on board like center Jason Hannan out of Waxahachie. So far I think he is off to a good start and deserves some time to show what he can do.

 

 

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Michael (Greenwood SC): Is Spurrier doing a good job of recruiting at U of South Carolina, or is he never going to be able to reruit like he did at UF??

 

Craig Haubert: So far I think he is doing a great job. Tough to compare S.C. with Florida at this point. Though if you look at what he is doing in Columbia in his second year so far, it is hard not to be impressed. He has landed 3 of the top players in state, guys who a year or two ago the Gamecocks would have probably lost to Clemson or another SEC school.

 

Craig Haubert: Sorry that is all I have time for today -- Thanks again to Martez Wilson for stopping by -- be sure to see where Tyler is going tomorrow on the U -- take care.

 

Craig Haubert: The ESPN 150 is less then a month away -- Stay Tuned!!!

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Guest TDJesus3

i got you vagas, i guarantee we get wilson

 

he always liked ND, he blew up, looked around, and i think he will be irish, with or without hughes

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i don't think they will offer, lb is not a recruiting priority for them this time around and they do not have any spots to waste with only 15-17 schollies available in this class and 5 or 6 are already takehn

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TD not to jump to next year too early since we are not filled out yet this class. It's going to really be intersting to see exactly what spots we offer when we go 15-20. How soon we take them and all that. We will be having a slim shopping list with the usual scads of national guys wanting an offer.

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it will be jump on early i guess for about 10-12 spots and the staff targeting the rest and probably holding out for a specific few, maybe 4-5

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i don't think they will offer, lb is not a recruiting priority for them this time around and they do not have any spots to waste with only 15-17 schollies available in this class and 5 or 6 are already takehn

 

TD, what dies Miami have at DE? Can never have enough good DE's.

 

Personally, I think Wilson grows into a DE.

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remember miami is very limited at schollies broke, and im pretty sure he wont get an offer, if you got to canesport.com, miami rivals site, martez isnt even in their football database. last year they took three de ends and they seem not to be recruiting alot of lb's

 

i really think there class will finish out with close to who they have offered thus far because of their schollie limits, i don't think de or lb are a huge priority while wr, dt, and qb are

 

they have 7 schollies filled, i think they can take 10 more, they got one wr, one dt, and one qb none of which are that high of profile, don't be suprised if they take 2-3 more wideouts, another qb, and 1-2 more dts that leaves very few spots left and i don't see wilson as a priority for them

 

thats all im trying to say, i would be very suprised if he gets an offer

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Short of Deonte Thompson and unrealistic Marvin Austin, this guy is #3 for me. I REALLY want this guy to be a domer. To the point that it stresses me out. And I know nothing more than what I read about his recruitment. And it kills me. Somebody guarantee me that we get this guy. PLEASE!

 

I bet we get 2 of these 3.

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