Arizona State is hoping to have a momentous signing day by adding at least a couple of 4 and 5 star players. But in case it doesn't work out for ASU, they seem to be doing a pretty great job filling out the rest of their recruiting class.
They just added a pre-signing day commitment from 4 star athlete Jay Jay Wilson, one of the best players on the west coast that nobody seems to talk about.
What kind of player are the Sun Devils getting in Wilson?
Jay Jay Wilson - 4 star athlete
At 6'3" and weighing in around the 230 mark, you wouldn't expect a player like Wilson to play the positions he does for his high school team. He truly did it all for Valencia (California) as a running back, wide receiver, and safety. He basically just out-athleted players in every phase of the game, whether is was running through tackles at running back or winning jump balls as a receiver.
He has big time ball skills. Players his size shouldn't be able to get up for the football like he does, but he was so good in competitive situations where he would go up and get the football. He was a great player on offense, but his future is more than likely playing defense for the Sun Devils.
Although he can bring the wood as a downhill player in the run game from his safety spot, I don't think he's fast enough to play safety in the Pac-12. I also think he is going to outgrow the position as well. His best fit is as an outside linebacker in college and he should be able to develop into a three-down player that always stays on the field. Athletic tight ends are a tough matchup for most players, but Wilson is the perfect type of athlete with his size and speed to run with and cover the hybrid types that are too big for safeties and too fast for most linebackers.
From what I saw from Wilson, I think he has fluid enough hips to be a good coverage linebacker, but I don't feel he would be in a good position to cover quicker receivers as a safety. I would much rather have him be a fast linebacker than a safety with average speed and quickness. He's a good tackler that I think will adapt well to working as a linebacker on a full time basis.
A lack of a defined position can often hurt the ranking of a player, but Wilson's upside definitely could make him a comparable player to some of the other top linebackers in Pac-12 recruiting classes after he becomes more comfortable by focusing on one spot. He's a really good pickup for ASU.