Wilson's commitment solid from beginning
Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 11:47 p.m.
A promise to be loyal to someone or something.
That's the definition of commitment in Webster's dictionary, and it was exemplified by Quincy Wilson in the 2014 recruiting cycle.
The Under Armour All-American cornerback chose Florida on Aug. 12 with athlete Chris Lammons and receiver Ermon Lane, two of his close friends.
Wilson won a Class 3A state title with Fort Lauderdale University School as a junior, and decided on UF with the expectation he would win championships there as well.
But after an 11-2 record in 2012, Florida experienced one of its worst seasons in school history last year. Lammons and Lane backed off their pledges to the Gators in January, and fans might have understood if Wilson did the same.
Instead, he was the first recruit to send in his letter of intent on signing day.
“Since the day he committed to Florida, he hasn't wavered,” secondary coach Travaris Robinson told GatorZone after Wilson's fax came through.
Once Wilson was sold on UF, nothing could change his mind.
“It was just the right school for me,” he said. “I like the weather, I like the campus and I have a great opportunity to play early.”
Not only did Wilson stay solid with the Gators, but he was also instrumental in their recruitment of running back Brandon Powell and receiver C.J. Worton, who both flipped to Florida.
“Good players want to play with each other,” UF coach Will Muschamp said. “There's no question that the camaraderie they build helps us. ... (Wilson) certainly did a fantastic job of holding some guys together.”
With the loss of juniors Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, cornerback was one of the top priorities in this class. Muschamp and Robinson were appreciative of Wilson for his loyalty.
“Muschamp and T-Rob told me they were thankful that I stuck with the program and didn't do anything crazy like some of these other guys,” Wilson said. “I believe in them, and they're excited to have me there.
“The recruiting process is over, and they're telling me I have to be ready to come in and make an impact because of the two corners leaving.”
The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder will have to compete for playing time this fall against several defensive backs, including three fellow freshmen.
“We're going to shut it down together in the secondary,” Wilson said. “I'm not scared of any competition. I have confidence in myself.”