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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
De'Runnya Wilson on MSU commitment

By Greg Ostendorf

WENONAH, Ala. -- Growing up, De’Runnya Wilson was a football player. But when he got to high school, he switched his focus to basketball. He even quit football until his senior year when he decided to put the pads back on and give football another try.

He made the right decision.

After playing just one season in high school, Wilson received football offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi State. However, it was Mississippi State who offered the opportunity to play both sports at the next level, and for that reason, he committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

“Like I always said, it was my relationship with Tim Brewster and just having that relationship with the basketball coach, too,” Wilson said. “That’s what made me decide.”

“When I first talked to Coach Brewster, he just thought I was a football guy. He didn’t know. When I sat down and talked to him on my official visit, I was talking to him about basketball and all that, and how I really wanted to play that, too.”

Wilson took his official visit to Starkville, Miss., the weekend of Jan. 11. Despite growing interest from other SEC schools, it was that weekend that made him realize where he wanted to go to school.

“I went over a lot of things,” Wilson said. “I visited and toured around the facilities that they had, and we were just going over the plays and all that. They really fit me.”

On his visit, Wilson measured in at 6-foot-5, 210 pounds. He projects as a wide receiver for the football team and a forward for the basketball team. Both coaches told him he has a chance to play right away.

For now, Wilson is focused on his senior season with basketball. He’s glad to have the decision behind him, so he can focus on his game.

“It was affecting my play in basketball,” he said. “I wasn’t giving all my effort because I had a lot of stuff on my mind, so I really wanted to just get it over with and eliminate some of the pressure.”