Phoebus DB Corey Wilson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Phoebus DB Corey Wilson scores first collegiate offer from UTSA
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
If it’s one thing you can count on from the Coach Jeremy Blunt led Phoebus Phantoms every year is defensive efficiency on all three levels. Last week, the Phantoms lost two key identities in the secondary in Latrelle Smith and Elijah Mitchell. However, even with the departure of the two talented seniors, Phoebus still holds one of the top secondary units within the Peninsula District. Left behind to play out his senior season in a few months will be Thailand Baldwin (2020 DB 6-1 174). The ball-hawking defensive back picked up his first collegiate offer on National Signing Day from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
All the same, Baldwin wasn’t the only Phoebus specimen UTSA was interested in.
The Roadrunners have shown interest in junior defensive back Corey Wilson (2020 DB/LB 6-2 180) and used said interest to manifest an offer for the Phoebus product on Sunday afternoon. The offer presented to Wilson was the first collegiate offer to come his way.
“Last week, Coach Blunt pulled me aside after a practice, informed me that USTA was interested in me and also that they loved my film,” Wilson told recruit757. “I gave them a call and we spoke it up discussing the university and all the great things they have to offer. At the end of the conversation he offered me a scholarship. My initial reaction was to thank GOD and I thanked coach on the phone for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at UTSA. I am very excited to get my first offer.”
The move is a culmination of all the hard work the rising senior has poured into his craft over the course of his career. Wilson is just one of a long line of talented defensive backs to come through the ranks at Phoebus as he continues to blossom into a consummate professional. With Barry Hargraves accepting a bid to continue his career at Delaware State, the Phantoms will need Wilson to step into a leader-type roll even more next season.
“My mindset now is to be the best leader I can by emulating that through the way I carry myself on and off the field,” Wilson stated. “I want to improve on taking the ball away. I believe that I can create a lot of turnovers. Setting the standard again everyday to a higher limit is what will make the next guy up ready for the season.”
Last season, Wilson helped set the standard on the defensive side of the ball by accumulating 105 tackles (10 for loss), 11 pass breakups, four sacks, three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was also able to pick up All-District, All-Region, All-State and All-757 honors. Expect interest to ramp up from East Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Marshall, Wake Forest and Cincinnati as we dive deeper into the Spring.
– Brandon Mitchell