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Jorrion Wilson balancing football with extras

7/20/2012

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – When Jorrion Wilson (Odessa, Texas/Permian) is playing football, life is somewhat simple. It’s the extracurricular activities away from football that makes Wilson’s daily procedure complex.

In addition to being a standout running back for Permian, someone who has been a starter since his sophomore year, Wilson also is a starter on the school basketball team during the winter and a reliable member of the track and field team in the spring. And then, there’s his summer routine.

“I’m a lifeguard,” Wilson said. “For me, it’s that and working out.”

Wilson’s used to juggling multiple tasks, but he understands that as he prepares for his senior season, football will begin to be more of a first priority. Wilson, who has helped Permian reach the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships at Texas A&M this weekend, rushed for 1,102 yards and 18 touchdowns during the 2011 season and rushed for a single-game school-record 348 yards and five touchdowns back in early September. He missed two games and parts of a third because of an ankle injury.

Currently, Wilson is still looking for his first offer. He’s yet to visit camps because of his schedule. He has, however, received interest from Louisiana Tech, Colorado State, Texas State and Air Force, and he also has received correspondence from Oklahoma State.

Wilson said Texas State and Louisiana Tech have given him the most attention thus far. He’s hoping to attract more schools with a big start to the 2012 season. He’s also hoping his name gets out more after his performance at the 7-on-7 tournament.

“Basically, I want to be somewhere that’s about team first and has no selfish people,” Wilson said. “Of course, I want to be somewhere that we can win some games. Being [at the 7-on-7 tournament], I wouldn’t say it’s pressure, but there’s definitely a chip on your shoulder. You want to do well because there’s some high-level competition here.”