Fresh off signing his letter of intent with Boston College, Detroit Country Day running back Richard Wilson now has his sights set on becoming the next great BC back. Wilson finished his prep career with a solid senior season rushing for over 1,200 yards and finding the end zone 25 times.
Wilson committed to the Eagles back in July of 2013 in large part to the top notch academics featured at BC. "When you choose a school the first thing you look at are the academics being offered. My parents and I both felt that Boston College was a perfect fit."
The Eagles were able to leave little doubt in Wilson's mind that he chose the right school by what he saw on the field this past season. "They made a bowl game which is great because you have to be a solid program to do that in the first place."
Boston College had a successful year and made a bowl game in large part to the season that senior running back Andre Williams put together. The Heisman finalist rushed for over 2,100 yards and 18 touchdowns. Wilson watched Williams dazzle on the field and it made his desire to suit up for the Eagles even stronger. "Having a great back like Williams before me, pushes me even more to excel at the running back position when I do go to BC."
Wilson will get his chance to try and fill the departing Williams' shoes as he begins to practice under Eagle's running backs coach, Al Washington. "With BC featuring such a great running back it means the coaches are doing are doing an excellent job." Wilson had the opportunity to practice with Coach Washington at a camp during the summer and take home pointers to improve his game.
Becoming the next Andre Williams isn't something that will happen overnight, and Wilson realizes that. "I want to improve my cuts, jukes, and speed. As a running back you should always want to keep improving in those areas. I would also like to add a bit more size." Wilson checks in at 216 pounds currently, but sees the potential to get even bigger, stronger, and faster with the help of a collegiate strength and conditioning program.
Wilson realizes the need to stay hungry, and that is a big deal when it comes to succeeding at the next level.