Local high school fans were aware of Harlan County standout Cole Wilson after a stellar junior season. Some colleges are now starting to take notice after a solid showing at the VTO Sports underclassmen camp in Charlotte, N.C. last weekend.
“It was a shock at first. I just figured I was going to go to some camps and get some help,” Wilson said of the interest from scouts.
Some of that attention likely came after Wilson ran a 4.6 laser-timed 40-yard-dash in Charlotte. The rising senior also attended a camp in Cincinnati recently.
“The camp I went to in Cincinatti — I had never played with kids with that kind of talent,” Wilson said. “Playing with all them other kids just shows me how hard I have to work. There is a lot of competition.”
Wilson will camp at the University of Kentucky on Saturday. He is expected to visit Marshall on June 12 and attend the University of Tennessee’s camp on June 14.
Wilson said he is currently receiving the most attention from UNC Charlotte and Marshall.
“UNC Charlotte has been in touch,” he said. “I will visit Marshall in the upcoming weeks. When I go there I will work out. If I go up there and do good, I might get an offer. They showed a lot of interest.”
The 6-2, 188-pound athlete helped to lead Harlan County to an 11-3 record and a regional championship as a junior. Wilson amassed 591 yards and five touchdowns on 53 carries, while leading the team with 16 receptions for 232 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Wilson recorded 104 tackles, including 50 solo tackles.
Wilson has excelled in numerous positions on both side of the ball for the Black Bears, but he likely projects as a safety, outside linebacker or receiver at the next level.
Wilson said the recent interest will only motivate him to work harder to achieve his dream.
“It has always been my dream to play college ball. That is all I have wanted to do since I was a little kid,” Wilson said.