Florida’s defense, and the secondary in particular, received a shot of good news Monday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marco Wilson announced that he is returning for his redshirt junior season in 2020 rather than enter the NFL draft.
Wilson posted the following on Twitter: “I will be returning to the University of Florida for another year. Our team has a lot of goals that we are still working to accomplish and I would love to be a part of that experience. I cannot wait to get back to work with my brothers for this upcoming season.”
Before the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl, Wilson said he had a decision to make about the draft and that he would meet with his family and the Florida coaches after the bowl game before deciding.
In his UF career, Wilson has started 26 games. This season, he recorded 36 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
He figures to be one of the leaders in a relatively young secondary that lost junior cornerback CJ Henderson to the draft. He declared his intentions in December and did not remain with the team for the Orange Bowl.
Wilson showed his versatility this season by making a successful move to the star position in the latter part of the season. He returned to cornerback for the bowl game, but there’s a chance he will see playing time at both positions next season.
With Wilson’s decision to return, there’s a chance the Gators will lose only one underclassman to the draft, although junior wide receiver Kadarius Toney still has a decision to make. Deadline to declare for the draft is Jan. 17.