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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
TAMU commit Wilson confident as ever

By Sam Khan Jr.

The feeling of vindication for Ishmael Wilson is strong these days.

The three-star offensive tackle from Dallas Bishop Dunne has long been sold on Texas A&M, the direction the Aggies were heading and what they had to offer. He felt that way the moment he walked into coach Kevin Sumlin's office and committed during a junior day last February.

Now, after the Aggies put the finishing touches on an 11-2 season, which included a decisive win over Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, Wilson has just four words for the people who wondered before the season about what the Aggies' fate in the Southeastern Conference would be.

"I've been telling people 'I told you so!' " he said with a laugh. "That's what I've been telling a lot of people. I wanted to play in the SEC so bad. I had other offers from SEC schools, but they were the first school to offer for me. I spoke to Coach Sumlin when I first got there, and the type of hospitality they showed me, no other school did. You have to respect that."

Even when some thought the Aggies would struggled to get to .500 in the big, bad SEC, Wilson felt good about his commitment. The standout tackle, ranked No. 41 nationally, didn't need validation for his belief that Texas A&M was headed in the right direction. In fact, he carries a special feeling because he jumped on board before it was the popular thing to do.

"I feel like it was a good pick for me," Wilson said. "I feel like I started something new ... I feel like I picked this team and I thought it was going to be a great team. And I said it and I believed it, but there was nothing to support what I said. Now there kind of is. It's crazy."

Wilson, like many players in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was recruited initially by Aggies receivers coach David Beaty. He established a good relationship with Beaty over time.

"That's my dawg," Wilson said. "He's real cool and understanding, not just about football but about life. He understands the struggles some people have and how every teenager is different, how every teenager has different problems and not everybody is the same. I feel like he's a great people person and as a recruiter, you need that because that's going to draw kids in."

Wilson will take his official visit to campus Jan. 25. He said he's excited for the trip and the chance to hang out with several other Aggies commits.

As for the future, the Offense-Defense All-American feels it's bright for him and the Aggies. There's a certain swagger that he has now as an A&M commit.

"I'm just saying, national championship contenders," Wilson said. "I feel like we have the right to feel like that. We weren't bandwagoners. We took it as an investment. Who are we going to invest our body in, our athletic ability in? I feel like we invested in the best school possible."