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OU freshman football player Julian Wilson continuing charity work of Quinton Carter

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, Modified: March 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm •  Published: March 31, 2011

“Quinton sat me down and said, ‘I want you to keep this going,” Wilson recalled. “I felt that it was an honor he would let me keep this tradition going. I took it as a great honor and had no choice but to accept it.”

Wilson wasn't talk, either. He has followed through on that promise with action. Last week, Wilson helped plant an educational garden at the daycare for the kids to learn from. Preparing for a draft visit with the Denver Broncos, Carter couldn't attend. But Wilson took the lead, even speaking during a dedication ceremony.

“Julian taking the torch, it's amazing to think,” Carter said. “When you have enough guys like that on your team, it can take you to a championship level.

“That's the kind of guy you can depend on.”

The Sooners will be depending on Wilson on the field, too. Wilson, who redshirted last season, was listed on the spring depth chart at cornerback backing up Gabe Lynn. Wilson probably won't start next season, but he has a chance to play a bunch for a redshirt freshman and is someone the defensive coaching staff is very high on — for the kind of player he can be and the person he's becoming.

“What a great young man,” Carter said. “Julian is a leader. A follower when he needs to be, when he needs to learn. But a leader among his peers.

“OU can look to a great future with him.”