After signing two junior college defensive ends on December 19, Tommy Tuberville and his staff knew they needed to add further depth at the position in the class of 2013, and today (Wednesday) they did just that when Phoebus High School (VA) defensive end Mark Wilson confirmed with Bearcat Lair that he had committed to Cincinnati.
Wilson traveled to the Clifton Heights campus this past weekend to check out what the Bearcats had to offer, and only one day after decommitting to Old Dominion, he decided on his new home. The senior talked about the official visit to the Queen City.
“The visit was great,” Wilson said. “It was better than I expected. The weather wasn’t a factor, and I really liked the area. The city itself was really nice.”
“I had a great time talking with the coaches. I feel like Cincinnati can get me to the next level. They’ve produced a lot of quality defensive lineman.”
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect was looking at three final schools following his Cincinnati visit.
“I was interested in Cincinnati, Temple, and N.C. State,” he said.
“N.C. State brought me up on an official visit. They waited to the end of the visit to tell me I don’t have a scholarship slot yet. They are staying in contact, but my family and I were upset that we went all the way out there.”
Wilson was expected to visit Temple this weekend, but that trip was evidently cancelled due to today’s decision.
Coach Robert Prunty, Cincinnati’s defensive ends’ coach, was expected to be meeting with Wilson today for an in-home visit.
After committing to Old Dominion in late June, Wilson saw his recruitment start to heat up during the later stages of a great senior season where he became a wrecking ball for opposing offenses by making 23 sacks in thirteen games. He also had 10 forced fumbles and 8 fumble recoveries while also playing offensive tackle for Phoebus High School.
Wilson is a two-star recruit according to 247sports.com, but hee has offers from Illinois, Purdue, Western Kentucky and Temple, among others.