October 8, 2010

Walk-on success story for Wilson

Coming out of Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Brandon Wilson had a pair of scholarship offers from Alcorn State and Stillman.

But the linebacker wanted to test his skills in the Southeastern Conference and decided to walk-on at Mississippi State.

"My senior year we came out here for a track meet," Wilson said. "I saw the campus and saw how beautiful it was and started looking into the program itself. I saw their tradition with walk-ons making it. It's wasn't too far from Tuscaloosa and it was a program on the rise and I wanted to come here and play and help it build."

Wilson found his way into a role as the Bulldogs backup middle linebacker as a true freshman and is a role he continues today.

The six-foot, 245-pounder has played in 11 games during his still young career recording 11 tackles and a pass deflection. So far this season Wilson has appeared in every game making six stops.

"The season is going good," Wilson said. "The linebacking corps is playing hard together. I've got a great group of mentors ahead of me in Chris White and K.J. Wright and I'm just following along with them and continuing to stay strong and positive."

Wilson spent his first season in Starkville under former defensive coordinator Carl Torbush but is adapting well to the more aggressive defensive style of new coordinator Manny Diaz.

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