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Monday, April 29, 2013
Ohio State 2014 spotlight: Quincy Wilson

By Brad Bournival

Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look further into those juniors offered by Ohio State.

We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these Class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes.

Next on the list of safety is standout Quincy Wilson, who led his school to a Class 3A state championship in Florida.

Vitals: Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) is 6-foot-1 and 197 pounds.

Status: He picked up an Ohio State offer last June, but it might be tough to pull him out of Florida. He put Florida among his original top schools, and though he doesn't have an official list right now, he likes the Gators along with Clemson and UCLA.

ESPN.com ranking: While Wilson is not an ESPN 150 junior right now, he's not that far off. ESPN ranked him as the 11th-best safety in the nation (the top eight safeties are among the ESPN 150). He is ranked No. 38 in the state of Florida and currently has more than 25 offers from BCS programs. Included in that list are offers from six Southeastern Conference schools and seven Big Ten programs.

Numbers game: In leading the Suns to an undefeated season and state crown, Wilson recorded 34 tackles, six pass deflections and an interception.

State of the position: The position will take a hit when C.J. Barnett, Corey Brown, Christian Bryant and Jamie Wood run out of eligibility after this fall. That said the Buckeyes did well in landing ESPN 150 standout Vonn Bell, ESPN 300 sensation Jayme Thompson and Darron Lee in 2013. Najee Murray and Ron Tanner should be back as well in 2014 for the Buckeyes.

What has caught Ohio State’s eye: Versatility, as Wilson can play cornerback and safety. With a great combination of size, strength and speed, he is a perfect fit at the next level. His frame already makes him attractive for the college level, but it's his physicality that sets him apart. He can match up one-on-one at the line if need be but is much better playing center field. His length rarely has him out of any play, as does his solid footing and great range.

What he has said about the Buckeyes: "It's great to get an Ohio State offer. I'm very interested in them, and I want to learn more about what they have to offer."