Just A Kid? 2012 High School Recruit Philip Wilson Demands Your Respect

Mike Pendleton@MP2310Correspondent IAugust 17, 2010

Philip Wilson isn't your ordinary kid. He isn't even your ordinary high school football player. Replace ordinary with extraordinary and you may be on point with this 2012 recruit's talents.

This six-foot, 181-pound safety from Bolingbrook High School is one of the top recruits in all of Illinois at the safety position. His playing style is strong, but unlike most, Wilson thrives at a young age saying "My best attribute on the field is my strong minded coverage, always knowing where to be and how to read my opponent."

Most players need drive. Wilson creates it.

Speaking with the most confidence in his voice, Wilson said "What drives me is when I work out, there is someone, somewhere out there that is better than me. I workout at Kevin Kasper who also pushes me to be the best, as well as my parents."

In the state of Illinois, Wilson's first game is not only against his rival school Downers Grove South, but is also the game of the week. Living in the limelight will be no problem because like all great players, Wilson shines when the spotlight is most bright.

If you want to be the best, you learn from the best. This is true for Wilson who already acknowledged working with his trainer, former New England Patriot Kevin Kasper, who holds the shuttle record in the NFL. Kasper now works with Wilson at Xstreme Speed.

For Wilson, a junior in high school, playing hard is the only way to play. Impressing others doesn't matter to this young man who just loves the game of football and clearly understands what he is out there to do. If Wilson continues to play at this level, or even improves his game, college football will be abuzz about Philip Wilson Jr., the kid from Bolingbrook High School.

Don't call him a kid though, or he may just knock your lights out with a hard hit. His defensive back coach tells Wilson that making plays is expected and success should not be a surprise to Wilson, his coaches or those watching.