Top 2014 safety names leaders


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Class of 2014 safety prospect Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova) was one of the top defensive backs at Florida's football camp on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete has seen his stock soar in recent months.

Though Florida has already offered Wilson, he says he used the camp experience to further impress the coaching staff.

"It went great. I just showed them my talents," Wilson said. "I showed them I am coachable and showed them what I can do."

After the second practice session, Wilson had a chance to speak with Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

"They were telling me they like me and how they want me to come back in the fall to see a football game and to stay in touch with them," he said.

Wilson, who camped at Auburn last Sunday, will visit Ohio State in two weeks and then Florida State sometime in July. After his Florida visit, Wilson said two schools are standing out.

"Florida and Auburn are the only two places that I have visited, so they are the two that are standing out to me right now," he said. "At Florida, I like that the coaches love me. I have a good relationship with them. I like the academics here. There is a lot of academic support for the players."

The soft-spoken safety, who holds offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Purdue and West Virginia in addition to his Florida offer, said he is unsure of when he will begin to narrow things down.

His father, Chad Wilson, was a receiver for Miami in the early 90s, but the younger Wilson insists that will not play a factor in his decision. As for the father, he believes his son learned a valuable lesson while camping at Florida.

"I think he did well," Chad Wilson said. "He showed what it is that he can do. I think he also saw that there's a lot of good players out there. He's young, he's got a lot of people telling him how great of a player he is and he is a good player, but it's always good sometimes to find out sometimes that there is still work to be done. I think he got a healthy mix of both today."

As a former college football player and now the defensive coordinator at his son's high school, the elder Wilson says he is just trying to help guide his son to make the best decision for his future.

"This is a big decision in your life," Wilson said. "As big decisions go, you try to gather as much information as possible and then you go about making the decision. You don't just run off and make a decision strictly based off of emotion, because it can blow up in your face. He's a young man, I'm teaching him to be a man, and this is how you make decisions."

Chad Wilson said the Florida coaching staff has made an impression on him and his son.

"I'm impressed with them," he said. "A place like Florida is not going to bring someone on that doesn't have their act together. I expected to be like that and they didn't disappoint."