Marvin Wilson, the top uncommitted prospect in the country was the headliner of LSU’s monster official visit weekend that included 10 ESPN 300 prospects, including six that remain uncommitted.
The five-star DT and No. 7-overall was back on campus in Baton Rouge this weekend as an official visitor with his mother after making a number of unofficial visits in the last two and half years.
“I really felt at home this weekend,” said Wilson. “I really got to hang out with a lot of the players this weekend, which I hadn’t done as much in the past. I got a good vibe from the players in the program.”
The 6-foot-4, 332-pound prospect picked up a more positive vibe from the players on the team than in the past.
“Ever since the coaching change, the players feel how the program and outlook of the university has changed," Wilson said. "I have never heard the players talk that positive about LSU, and I have been there a few times before.”
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While time spent with the players and commitments in the class, especially Tyler Shelvin, was a key component of the weekend for the Tigers, the time spent with head coach Ed Orgeron was the most important.
“Coach O. said that I could be the next great DT at LSU," said Wilson. "He said I could come in play early, and help be the foundation of the program in the future. Of all the coaches I have been recruited by, I think I may have the best relationship with Coach O. We could talk about football all day, and life. I can see the hunger and desire in his eyes.”
The Under Armour All-America standout announced his final five schools during Under Armour week with one surprise, South Florida, joining LSU, Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Following in-home visits this week with Oklahoma Tuesday, Ohio State Wednesday and either South Florida or Florida State Thursday, the Houston-area star will make his way to Tampa to check out Charlie Strong’s new program with plans to cut his list to three in two weeks.
“Right now, I’m trying to figure out the best place for me. I’m trying to chop it down to three schools after my last visit, and then sit down with my family and figure this thing out and announce on signing day.”
As the pressure continues to mount leading up to Wilson’s live signing day announcement on ESPNU, there are a lot of people in his ear, including friends committed to programs in contention.
“Two of my boys are at FSU, two at LSU, two at Ohio State and Justin Broiles at OU," Wilson said. "They are all telling me things about their university and it makes it so hard because I am so close to all of them.”
At the end of the day when sitting down to make the decision with his family, Wilson is all about finding the place where he feels like he can have the greatest impact.
“it’s about where I feel like I can go in and play the best early, and have the best impact in the future.”