Elkhart running back Jeffery Wilson is on his way to UNT this afternoon for an official visit, the last stop in a long tour for one of the best small-school running backs in the state.
Sam Wells, the head coach at Elkhart, confirmed that Wilson will visit UNT this weekend and said that the Mean Green is one of five teams still in the running to land the Class 2A all-state selection.
“Jeffery’s unbelievable,” Wells said. “I have been fortunate to coach some Division I backs and he is the best one I have ever had. He is big, powerful, fast and is very physical.”
Wilson is being recruited by UNT special teams coordinator and running backs coach Tommy Perry. Wilson said the first-year UNT assistant is doing a tremendous job recruiting East Texas and has been recruiting Wilson for months.
Wilson has offers from UNT, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Louisiana-Monroe and Sam Houston State. Once Wilson finishes his visit to UNT this weekend, he will have visited all of his five finalists with the exception of ULM.
Wilson rushed for 2,749 yards last season when he was the MVP of District 11-2A, Division I.
UNT has one prospect committed at this point who could end up playing running back on the college level in Willy Ivery of Suphur Springs. Ivery is the kind of player UNT could move all over the field and use heavily in the passing game.
Wilson is a little bigger and could develop into more of power back. UNT has relied on a power running game throughout Dan McCarney’s tenure and rotated three backs who were all listed at more than 220 pounds last season in Brandin Bryd, Antoinne Jimmerson and Reggie Pegram, who played in just eight games due to a knee injury.
UNT lost Byrd to graduation and Pegram will be a senior next season. Landing Wilson would give UNT a young back with size to develop in its 2014 class.
UNT will face some stiff competition when it comes to landing Wilson.
“He has liked every school he has visited,” Wells said. “He wants to make a good decision and not a quick decision.”