June 10, 2008

Vols travels take them to Wilson's world

Tennessee has always been a program that recruits nationwide. Simply put, the Vols will travel anywhere to try and sign a quality football prospect.

One place that Vols assistant coach Greg Adkins ended up this spring was in Utah to evaluate a handful of prospects. One prospect that the coaching staff has found is tight end Richard Wilson.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound tight end from Spanish Fork High School in Spanish Fork, Utah, is starting to "blow up" on the recruiting circuit.

"It was pretty crazy at one point this spring," Wilson said. "I got offers from Miami, Tennessee and Arizona within a week-and-a-half. It has just been a matter of teams finding me. Coach Adkins from Tennessee was in Utah, and he called me out of the blue one day and told me that they loved my film and were offering me a scholarship."

Right now, Wilson is playing the field and seeing what happens.

"I am letting everyone have a fair chance," Wilson said. "I am trying to take some unofficial visits this summer. We have a trip planned to go to LSU, and I would like to visit some other schools, it just depends on my dad's work schedule."

Since getting the offer from Tennessee, Wilson has been doing some research on the Vols.

"I have watched them on TV quite a bit," Wilson said. "I know they love their football there, which is exciting. I am definitely going to give them a huge look. They are a football school that plays in the best conference."

As a junior, Wilson had 46 catches for 700 yards and nine touchdowns. And Wilson said it's his playmaking ability that is his strength.

"I am kind of a Kellen Winslow Jr. type player," Wilson said. "I am athletic and can stretch the field. I can block and do block, but my best asset is getting involved in the passing game. Some teams tell me that I remind them of Vernon Davis (former Maryland star now with the 49ers)."

Because of his style of play and strengths, Wilson's biggest priority in finding a school is finding an offense where he can show his skills.

"Finding an offense where I fit in most is important for me," Wilson explained. "I want to play early. I want to be comfortable with my surroundings, including my coaches and teammates. And I want an offense where I can get involved. I want to get the ball because that is my best skill. I don't just want to be a blocker or an extra offensive lineman. That is not what I do best."

Wilson originally had planned on getting things done early, but because of the way things went in the spring, Wilson has traveling on his mind.

"I want to take all five of my visits," Wilson said. "And I want to take them during the season. I want to see some games to get a better feel for the schools I am looking at."

Tennessee is hoping that it will remain one of those five that he wants to visit come this fall.

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