Phoebus LB Corey Wilson (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
recruit757 Fab 30: Corey Wilson DB Phoebus #20
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the region of Hampton Roads. Continuing our countdown at number 20 is none other than senior prospect Phoebus starting defensive back Corey Wilson.
#20 Corey Wilson (2020 DB 6-1 170) – Phoebus High School
The unfortunate thing about making this list is that there has to be a cutoff. When you look at a program like Phoebus, they’re multiple prospects at multiple positions that you can always count on to make an impact that didn’t show up on this list. For example, Josiah Silver grabbed 109 tackles and 16 sacks last season. Not only does he have a grade point average of 3.5, but he also holds offers from Howard and Fordham. Though still a bit raw, T.J. Stevenson picked up offers from Liberty, Southern Miss, and Old Dominion in May alone. He also made sure to get out and visit Alabama, Virginia, and ODU among many other programs during the off-season.
Aside from Christopher Daniels and Jaylen White, another Phoebus prospect to make the recruit757 Fab 30 is starting defensive back Corey Wilson. The Phoebus product was the complete package for the Phantoms last season helping to shape the secondary into one of the best units in the entire region. The PD Defensive Player of the Year picked up 116 tackles (12 for loss) 11 pass breakups, four sacks, and three interceptions for the Phantoms last season. Offers have continued to flow for Wilson who has nine in total including: UTSA, Hampton, Holy Cross, Delaware, Fordham, and Navy.
Wilson’s talents extend well beyond the grass at Darling Stadium. He’s been caught giving back to the community of Hampton most recently to the Hampton Hokies youth football program.
Next season he’ll have to move forward without fellow defensive back Thailand Baldwin who made the decision to transfer out of Phoebus to Life Christian Academy in Chesterfield. He’ll be counted on more than ever to stand up and be a leader not just the defensive side of the ball, but for the entire football team. Fortunately for Wilson, this is the same role he stepped into last season after watching guys like Darrell Bryant, Daequan Fleming, Damion Charity, Kareem Wilson, Terrance Slade, and Tim Young among others move on. At the end of the day, his current mindset won’t shock you.
“My mindset now is to be the best leader I can by emulating that through the way I carry myself on the field. Setting the standard every day to a higher level is what will make the next guy up ready for the season,” Wilson told recruit757 after picking up UTSA offer in February.
– Brandon Mitchell