PURCELL — Anadarko's Sheldon Wilson, The Oklahoman's 2011 All-State Offensive Player of the Year, will start his college football career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College in Miami, he said Thursday.
But, from what NEO coaches are telling Wilson, he'll have plenty of options after he's done there.
“I'm gonna go to NEO,” Wilson said after his Anadarko basketball team beat Bridge Creek 59-32 to open the Heart of Oklahoma Tournament at Purcell High School.
“They've been treating me really good, and they really want me.”
Wilson rushed for 3,335 yards and set state records with 57 rushing and 64 total touchdowns during his senior year.
He capped his high school career with a five-touchdown performance in Anadarko's 35-18 win in the Class 3A state championship game over Cascia Hall. Wilson admitted he was a “knucklehead” when it came to academics for his first two years of high school, and, even though he has been an honor-roll student since his junior year, those early mistakes are costing him.
He had lots of interest from NCAA Division I programs but received no offers. However, that doesn't mean Wilson won't someday suit up at that level.
Wilson said coaches at NEO have told him several Division I representatives — including coaches from Oklahoma — have called expressing interest once he is done playing for the junior college.
“A lot of Division I coaches have been calling asking, ‘Is that Sheldon kid coming to NEO?'” Wilson said.
“The NEO coach said OU had called said they were gonna want me in a couple of years. ... I want to play Division I, and would love to play close to home for Oklahoma.”
For now, Wilson is playing basketball for the 10-1 Warriors. He said playing basketball is preventing him from gaining weight, but that he doesn't want to stop playing.
“We run all the time,” Wilson said. “All the other big-time (college football recruits) are in the weight room right now getting bigger, and I'm playing basketball losing weight. But I love basketball, so I'm gonna have to take a chance with that.”
COPELIN SWITCHES COMMITMENT TO MISSOURI
Broken Arrow defensive back Levi Copelin, who was also on The Oklahoman‘s All-State first team, has decommitted from Houston and will commit to Missouri this weekend on his official visit, he confirmed in a text message.
His switch was first reported by Rivals.com.
Copelin, who initially committed to Houston in October, was a jack of all trades for Broken Arrow as a senior. He intercepted eight passes, blocked four kicks and scored 12 total touchdowns, the last of which was a 40-yard reception in the Class 6A state championship loss to Tulsa Union.
“It's a bigger stage, probably a better experience and it's more of a home feeling for me,” Copelin said. “The SEC is definitely glamorous, and it's an offer I wasn't ready to refuse. It would be a dream come true to play for Missouri.”