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West Rusk's Wilson sticks with Aggies

George Whitley

By George Whitley
Feb. 7, 2018 at 9:53 p.m.

NEW LONDON — John Frazier said his heralded recruit Tyree Wilson wasn't much for the pomp and pageantry that accompanies National Signing Day.

The arduous recruitment process is another element the young Wilson didn't much care for either. He understood full well that it came with the territory. But that didn't make it anymore appealing.

"That's just not who he is," explained Frazier.

"I know this has been a difficult time for him. But he's handled things well."

Wilson's decision to be among Jimbo Fisher's initial recruiting class at Texas A&M lacked much suspense Wednesday morning.

A table was set up in the West Rusk gymnasium draped in A&M logos and a couple Aggie jerseys. There wasn't a line of hats from various schools and nobody was sitting on pins and needles for Wilson's pending commitment.

That's not what this young man is about.

Wilson cast his lot with the Aggies last summer and wavered only briefly when Kevin Sumlin was fired in late November and Fisher was hired 10 days later.

"It just feels like home as no other college can be," Wilson said of the school in College Station. "I was able to explore my options and A&M is the right choice."

Frazier said once Wilson grew into his man muscle, he transformed into the standout his coaches thought he would.

"Tyree is just a great kid. He's a great practice player. He loves the weight room. He loves his teammates," the coach said. "He did an exceptional job this year handling all the attention and distractions that came with his recruitment."

The 6-6, 230 pound Wilson started out as a 5-10, 190 pound freshman. Frazier said he was like a baby giraffe that just needed to grow into his body.

"He's not interested in a lot of hoopla. Stats and MVPs don't impress him. He just likes to get in there and compete," Frazier explained. "It was midway through offseason of his junior year we saw the change take place. It all happened within a week."

Wilson's sophomore numbers read 52 tackles, eight for loss, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Those numbers jumped his junior year to 68 tackles, 13 TFL, four sacks, a pick and two fumble recoveries.

This past season, Wilson's numbers exploded. He wound up with 126 tackles, 38 TFL, seven sacks, 29 pressures, five forced and five recovered fumbles.

Wilson already has sights set on a goal as he makes Aggyland his new locale for the next three to five years.

"There's this motto. It's called '12 sacks to beat Myles Garrett'. That's the freshman sack record at A&M," said Wilson, who has clocked a 4.5 in the 40 and runs on three West Rusk relay teams.

"I do expect to be playing. They're kind of low on defensive ends right now. I just got to stay hungry and stay focused."

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