4-star DL Trent Wilson is down to four schools

On3 imageby:Chad Simmons04/01/24


Trent Wilson took his time with the recruiting process. The four-star defensive lineman out of Upper Marlboro (Md.) Dr. Henry Wise is ready to focus on four schools and those are Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M.

The No. 157 prospect in the On3 Industry Ranking has locked in official visits with the Buckeyes, Sooners, Nittany Lions and Aggies. Wilson will be in Columbus on May 31, Happy Valley on June 7, Norman on June 14 and College State on June 21 and each of those visits will be key.

“There is no No. 1 for me right now,” Wilson told On3. “All four schools are on top and this is going to be a hard decision. Each school has its pros and cons, and when I look at the pros, they are very strong.

“I have to take these official visits, take one more look at the schools and then I have to figure out what is most important to me. Is it the development? What about networking? Where I go is going to come down to what I decide I want out of the school.”

Wilson was back at Ohio State over the weekend. It was his third visit to Columbus. He will be back at Penn State on April 13 for the spring game. Wilson has visited Happy Valley over half a dozen times. He has visited Texas A&M twice and Oklahoma once.

A decision in July is expected.

Wilson shares his thoughts on Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas A&M

The quartet of schools made the cut for Wilson for multiple reasons. Relationships factored in. Player development was key. Life after football was something Wilson listed. The history of each program was key too.

Here is what stands out about each of his finalist:

Ohio State: “They have Larry Johnson. Not only is he there, but they have two more defensive line coaches with great experience. All of them develop players and that is what stands out more about Ohio State.”

Oklahoma:Todd Bates has done a great job catching up with me. Coach Brent Venables has too. Coach Venables is the only head coach I really talk to, so that means something. I like that he is a defensive-minded head coach and he and Coach Bates did a great job at Clemson with defensive linemen.”

Penn State: “The people stand out. The people at Penn State are genuine. I always feel at home at Penn State, so I know if I went there, I would feel comfortable.”

Texas A&M: “The new staff has done a great job recruiting me. Coach Sean Spencer has done a great job developing players wherever he has been too. Coach Mike Elko is a great head coach who knows how to put defensive linemen in position to make plays too.”