There is no doubt Virginia Tech has an exciting, bright year of football ahead of them. A football season that was dealt a huge blow with the loss of starting running back Darren Evans due to an ACL injury. While this is indeed a major setback, Virginia Tech is deep at this position with several young running backs prepared to showcase their talent.
David Wilson is a true freshman from George Washington High School in Danville, Va., home of fellow VT running back Kenny Lewis Jr. Wilson is a 5 foot 10 inch, 200 pound tailback coming off an impressive senior year in high school and an even more impressive summer. Wilson rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior and ran in 17 touchdowns.He followed that performance with a 2,291-yard rushing senior season with 35 touchdowns. Both his rushing yards and rushing touchdowns broke school records for a single season, he even ran for over 300 yards in a game twice.
He is coming into his freshman season at Virginia Tech with a long list of credentials and awards. He was ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the nation, No. 4 running back in the nation, and No. 1 player in the state all by Rivals. He was also awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in Virginia. He is a member of the PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team, an ESPNU Top 150 player, and a SuperPrep All American.
Wilson was selected to play on the USA Junior National Team for 2009, which competed in the first Junior World Championship tournament the summer when the USA won the Gold and Wilson brought home MVP honors. Over the three games in the tournament Wilson ran for 475 yards and 8 touchdowns on 33 carries.
He is lightning fast running back with a high football IQ and the will to win. He is willing to do what it takes to help his team better, whether that means running the ball, returning punts, or kickoff returns.
His athletic ability is amazing. Outside of his football statistics, Wilson is also an established track & field athlete. This past March he won the Nike Indoor Nationals for the second consecutive year, jumping 51-5 3/4. In July 2009 he ran his 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds. Wilson backs this talent up with a mature, down to earth personality, making him a joy to coach and to cheer for.
Coming from George Washington High School myself, it has been a great thing to watch classmates go on to play football at Virginia Tech, like Cam Martin, Kenny Lewis Jr., and Orion Martin. Now another GW guy is on his way to Blacksburg, and by far has the brightest football future ahead of him. Virginia Tech was dealt a blow with Evans' injury, but soon enough Virginia Tech fans will see who David Wilson is. Hopefully he will be given the opportunity to prove himself on the field this year, once he does he will not disappoint.