Luther's Justin Wilson is Linemen King

LITTLE ALL-CITY DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Some colleges might be missing out on a 6-foot-1, 325-pound powerlifting champion. Luther coach Scott O'Hara said Wilson is one of the best he's seen.
By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, swright@opubco.com Published: December 29, 2011
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When you're 6-foot-1, 325 pounds and playing at the Class 2A level, it's hard to hide on the football field.

So Luther defensive lineman Justin Wilson spent a lot of time watching opposing offenses run plays to any part of the field where he wasn't.

“Every coach I talked to said: ‘You've got to know where he's at, check at the line and run away from him,'” Luther coach Scott O'Hara recalled.

“We had to move him around a lot on the defensive line. In my opinion, he's a perfect nose tackle, but we put him at every spot on the line to make it difficult for the offense to keep up.”

Despite all that attention and avoidance from offenses, Wilson posted solid numbers. He had 65 tackles, 11 of them for lost yardage, and six quarterback sacks in being selected as The Oklahoman's Little All-City Defensive Player of the Year.

Hard-core high school football fans might not be too familiar with Wilson's name. He only played two seasons at Luther — as a sophomore and senior. The other two years, he lived in Georgia.

Once he returned, opposing coaches quickly remembered him.

“This season, they double-teamed me, triple-teamed me, ran away from me,” Wilson said. “I didn't see single blocks very much, but when I did, I tried to take advantage of it.”

Wilson's physical presence might be his most imposing feature. At first look, he doesn't appear how you might expect a 325-pound high schoolboy to look like.

Tree trunks for legs and a ripped upper body, with some tangible proof of his overall strength. In the spring, he was a powerlifting champion, squatting 610 pounds, bench-pressing 345 and dead-lifting 585.



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