Jeremiah Wilson is one of the most talented high school football players in the country. As a running and defensive back for John Handley High (Winchester, Va.), Wilson was first-team All-Northwestern Region Group AA on offense and second-team on defense last season. This year, he has already led the Judges to a quick start, making big plays on both sides of the ball.
[The season's] going real well, Wilson said. We're 4-0, we've got a couple of people banged up, but other than that it's going fine.
As a fourth year starter, Wilson says his role on the team is a combination of playmaker and team leader.
They give me the ball and expect me to make plays and I just try to be the big player, he said. I'm a four year starter, so everyone's looking up to me to make the big plays. On defense again I try to make the play too. I don't have any interceptions right now because teams are throwing away from my side, but if they need me to tackle, I'll tackle, and if they need me to cover, I'll cover.
Wilson, a verbal commit to Maryland, says he is sticking with the Terps no matter how their season goes.
No, I don't have any doubts, he said. As soon as they offered [a scholarship] to me, I knew what I wanted, that I wanted to go to Maryland. But no matter how their record turns out, I will be going there. I like the coaches, I like the coaching staff, it's in a good area, and it's a good school, so I don't have any doubts.
Wilson hopes that he will be able to continue being a leader on the field in college, but he does not see that happening right away.
When I get there, I won't be one of the leaders, he said. But I'm gonna look up to the guys who are there right now and I'm gonna learn from them. I'm gonna learn as much as I can from them, so next year, when people come, they'll hopefully look up to me and I can lead them and show them what to do. I'm always willing to learn.
While Wilson is equally talented at both running back and corner, the Maryland coaches have told him that he will most likely be on defense for the Terps. Wilson said, however, that he might get a shot at running back if he bulks up. Wilson also said that he feels comfortable in Don Brown's defensive scheme, a very complex system that sometimes borders on plain confusing.
I've talked to him before, Wilson said. And I've met with him personally. He told me some techniques that I can work on now and over summer workouts. Hopefully I'll pick it up quick because I'm a fast learner, and I can pick up the defensive schemes real fast.
Wilson, who has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40 yard dash, rushed for over 1500 yards and scored 22 touchdowns in his junior year.
story edited by Nina Napolitano