All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do, and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.
CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 3 star (5.5)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.7)
POS: Tight end/defensive end
HOMETOWN: Nashville, Tennessee
OTHER OFFERS: Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Louisville, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, NC State, Ohio, Western Kentucky
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 35%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Defensive end
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Obum Gwatcham
– Huge, athletic frame
– Very physical player
– Deceptive speed
– Great use of hands
– Strong upper body
– No film at projected position
– Pretty light for his height
It is not often that the state of Tennessee gets much interest from Oregon State, but Montgomery Bell Academy athlete Jordan Wilson might be too good to pass up. Listed as an athlete, most of his film is of him playing tight end. That being said, the similarities to former Beaver Obum Gwatcham are pretty evident. Physically, he is a huge man, who plays stronger and with a ferocity that belies his 215 pounds.
While his highlight film is short and has no defensive footage, I can only assume that there was more to the films that Coach Andersen and his staff saw. That being said, if you want to see a good example of why we should be excited about Jordan, watch his junior highlight film at the 0:38 second mark. As soon as he gets the ball, he takes off down field. While he may not look like he is running fast, his long stride eats up yards in a hurry. He is probably not a great 40-yard dash runner, but when he is going, I can see him being able to track down runners and quarterbacks pretty well.
He also has a huge wing span, so getting his hands up in passing lanes, getting separation, and getting leverage should be solid weapons for him. The other side is that he is a physical player. Reviewing that highlight video, or his mid-season highlights, show a solid blocker who gets after players and uses his natural gifts to take advantage of opponents.
The last thing I will say is while Tennessee doesn’t get the same press as Florida or Texas for talent, it is a talent-rich state. Montgomery Bell Academy is one of the better schools in the state, and is in the top division. So these highlights we are seeing are against some of the better teams in the the state. I think that converting Jordan to defensive end is the right thing to do, but I would not expect him to be on the two-deep the day he steps foot on campus. His star ranking will probably reflect this. That being said, I am fairly confident that should Wilson come to Oregon State, before he leaves, we will all be pretty stoked he was a Beaver. His potential is off the charts and you just don’t pass on athletic, 6-5 players who are productive at the top level of a talent-rich state.
I predict other schools will see the same things — and I expect his recruitment to blow up. I am not hopeful that OSU lands him, but it would be amazing if they did. A great school and state to get inroads in for our program. Wilson will have plenty of suitors so the Beaver coaches have their work cut out for them.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Jordan Wilson come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 3-year starter at defensive end. A redshirt year will be very important to help him add a few pounds, get stronger and more explosive, and learn the position. My guess is that he could come in, make some noise on scout team early, and then all the sudden his redshirt freshman year be that guy you hear about in practice all the time. From what I have heard, he would come prepared to work for sure.