Honolulu (HI) St. Louis wide receiver Roman Wilson committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Oregon, UCLA, Washington, and Wisconsin, among others.
Wilson is listed at 6’0″ and 180 lbs. He recently ran a 4.37 forty and a 3.96 shuttle with a 39″ vertical. He had 32 receptions for 803 yards and 7 touchdowns as a junior in 2018.
ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #55 WR
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #76 WR
247 Sports: 4-star, 91 grade, #43 WR, #218 overall
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Wilson, whose parents are both from Michigan, was offered by the Wolverines in early May. At the beginning of June, the family took a trip to the mainland for visits to UCLA, Michigan, and then Oregon. After those visits and apparently a sufficient enough window to decide, he picked the Wolverines.
Wilson has excellent speed, obviously. Anyone who can register repeated laser-timed attempts in the 4.32-4.45 range is going to be tough to deal with for opponents. Wilson’s high school experience has been with a version of the Air Raid offense, where he plays an outside receiver spot; since Michigan will likely use some Air Raid concepts under new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, Wilson should fit nicely. I see him fitting in as an outside receiver.
My primary question with Wilson is this: Why only 32 receptions? Maybe it was because St. Louis outscored opponents 554-164 on the way to a 12-0 record and a state championship, so the team didn’t need their FBS wide receiver to do more than that. Maybe he dealt with a nagging injury. Maybe he had issues catching the ball. I don’t know the answer, but 32 receptions isn’t a ton. This is nit-picking a high school offense, though.
Overall, Wilson is a good pickup for the Wolverines. I’m going to throw out a Michigan comparison that you might not hear often, but he reminds me of Mercury Hayes. Hayes had some big-play ability and had the strength to muscle through some defenders, which I think Wilson will develop. And Hayes developed into a 5th round NFL draft pick (#135 overall).
Michigan now has two wide receivers in the 2020 class, where Wilson joins A.J. Henning. The Wolverines brought in several wide receiver prospects in 2019, but there’s the potential to lose several after 2019, too, with a stellar junior class (Tarik Black, Nico Collins, Donovan Peoples-Jones) looking at possible NFL futures.
Michigan has only had two players on its historical roster from the State of Hawaii, and apparently neither one lasted past his freshman year. William Crockett was on the roster in 1945, and John Althouse was on the team in 1985.
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