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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sack artist Wilson going to the Big East

By Jared Shanker

Mark Wilson is a pass-rush specialist. As a senior at Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, Wilson registered 23 sacks, so he wants to rush the passer in college.

Cincinnati wants him to do just that and sold him on the idea of joining the Bearcats’ 2013 class.

“When they go to the 3-4 I’ll stand up, but when in the 4-3 I’ll be a third-down defensive end,” Wilson said. “That was real big. It seems like a lot of fun. I won’t have many responsibilities other than rush the quarterback.”

The previous coaching staff offered Wilson, and he was interested in becoming a Bearcat under Butch Jones. When Tommy Tuberville took over at Cincinnati, he and his new staff reviewed the film and reconnected with Wilson.

Wilson and new defensive ends coach Robert Prunty began talking, and Wilson officially visited Cincinnati last weekend. He committed when Prunty visited with him this week.

“I was really high on Cincinnati with the old staff,” he said. “I got an even better in Coach Prunty.”

He officially visited NC State the weekend of Jan. 11 and was scheduled to visit Temple on Jan. 25 but canceled the visit.