Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Crimson Countdown: S Julian Wilson
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, ESPN.com will take a closer look at each scholarship player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term projection. Starting with No. 1 Dominique Alexander, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 98 Chuka Ndulue.
Julian Wilson's versatility will be an asset to OU's defense next season.
Impact thus far: Wilson has had a productive career with the Sooners heading into his final season in crimson and cream. In 2013, he started 11 of 13 games, finishing with 26 tackles including 4.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions as a junior. ... In 2012, he played in 13 games (two starts) and finished with 31 tackles including two tackles for loss as a sophomore. ... As a redshirt freshman, he saw special teams duty, playing in 11 games with two tackles in 2011. ... To top it all off, he has been an Academic All-Big 12 first-teamer for three straight seasons.
Impact in 2014: Wilson could line up at several different spots in OU’s secondary. He has the versatility to play cornerback, nickelback and safety so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him line up at any of the five positions in the secondary at some point in the fall. The lone surprise would be a starting secondary that did not include the veteran defensive back.
Long-term upside: Wilson should be one of the anchors of the secondary and the Sooners’ defense this fall with the potential to make a push for all-conference honors with a strong final season.
Evaluation grade for Wilson: B. The senior is on the road to starting almost half of his games in a Sooners uniform. If the Sooners got similar production from every signee, they would be very happy with their overall recruiting results. He was a raw but exceptional talent in high school, and he has rewarded OU’s decision to offer a scholarship. The academic success also helps the program.
Development grade for Wilson: A. OU’s choice to redshirt him was the right one and getting him some playing time as a redshirt freshman paid off as well. As a result he has been a quality contributor for the past two seasons and looks like a sure starter as a senior. The Sooners couldn’t have handled his development better.