Texas A&M's efforts at the YESSIR BBQ paid quick dividends as New London West Rusk DE/OLB Tyree Wilson committed to the Aggies Monday night. AY takes a closer look.
Wilson is the Aggies' 13th commit for 2018, and saw his offer list blow up after he de-committed from Washington State. TCU, Oklahoma State and Houston all got in, but everything pointed to A&M once they offered. When he was in attendance at the YESSIR BBQ over the weekend, a commitment seemed even more likely.
When watching his film, two things jumped out at me quickly: the first was, "Holy Cow, this kid is thin as a rail". The second was, "I really like how he tackles."
One of the selling points for Wilson is that he ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. That's pretty impressive. There's no question Wilson is still growing into his body, and his frame will allow him to bulk up into the 260-pound range when it's all said and done.
Remarkably, Wilson is already bigger than Daeshon Hall was when he was forced onto the field in 2013. And Hall is a guy Wilson kind of reminds me of.
A&M's newest commit is a long strider with (obviously) long arms. West Rusk frequently uses him like a Joker, where he's a stand up pass rusher shooting into the backfield off the edge. With his speed, he frequently gets into the backfield untouched. When opponents run the ball, Wilson shows good football smarts by following the football and not the misdirection.
Once he gets to the ballcarrier, he doesn't go for the knockout blow with his shoulder. He wraps up and plants the quarterback or running back. That's something that players with his size and superior strength (in high school) frequently don't do. They go for the highlight reel hit, and that can be costly. It's good to see solid fundamentals in tackling from him. His footwork and anticipation also look solid. We didn't see much of him in a three-point stance, but when he was, he used his superior arm length to disengage from double-teams to make the play. There were also instances where he was simply too fast and was past the blockers before they were out of their stance.
The Aggies want Wilson as a defensive end and see his superior speed making him a weapon. But physically, he's going to need some time to develop, add weight and get stronger. He's still growing into his body, and will need time in the strength and conditioning program to get to where he needs to be. He could serve as a pass rusher in 2018, but you probably won't want him out there every down. He'd be a target for a big tackle and a fullback in the running game.
The Aggies now have two very different defensive ends under wraps, with the big and strong Max Wright and the wirey and athletic Wilson. They're starting to rebuild the depth chart at the position, but more work needs to be done. That's why I think A&M will continue to pursue Conroe Oak Ridge's Joseph Ossai and other potential targets to add to this class. Defensive end remains a critical need.