One of the standouts from Friday Night Lights was 2014 running back Mikale Wilbon (De La Salle/Chicago, IL). The 5-9 190 pound back impressed the staff and other onlookers with his natural athleticism and ability to make plays in space.
This wasn't the first time he impressed the staff either. He attended OSU's camp back in the beginning of June, and ran a sub-4.5 40. He was told then by Coach Stan Drayton that an offer could soon be on the horizon. After a repeat performance at FNL, he's definitely a guy to keep an eye on.
As of right now Purdue is Wilbon's only offer, something that should quickly change. In fact, the Buckeyes could very well be the next team to pull the trigger. It's also important to note that the staff is heavily after Wilbon's teammate, 2014 offensive lineman Jamarco Jones. He also attended FNL, and walked away very impressed with everything he took in. He's made it clear that the two aren't opposed to going to the same school.
I caught up with Wilbon to see his reaction to Friday Night Lights, as well as where things stand in his recruitment.
What have you been up to this summer?
MW: I've been to Michigan State and Ohio State camps, I visited Illinois, got an offer from Purdue, and went to the National Underclassmen Combine.
MW: The schools showing interest are Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Northwestern.
Who are you the most interested in at this point?
MW: Michigan State, Ohio State, and Illinois.
How would you describe your game?
MW: I am fast, elusive, explosive, and strong. I can catch, basically I think I've got an all-around game.
What did you think of Friday Night Lights?
MW: Friday Night Lights was a good experience. I got some pointers and I had a good performance there too, as told from some of the coaches.
How did you feel you performed?
MW: I feel I performed great; the coaches were impressed again.
What coaches/former players did you chat with?
MW: Coach Vrabel, Coach Drayton, and Coach Meyer.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
MW: I just want to help my team win state.
Do you have any idea when you will want to make a decision?
MW: Senior year.