Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Future Razorback Wilson part of loaded Desoto squad
Arkansas receiver commit Jaedon Wilson and Razorbacks receivers coach Justin Stepp.
FAYETTEVILLE Desoto has always been a football powerhouse in Texas and that should not be any different during a 2020 season that won’t get officially started until Oct. 2 at Ben Dial Stadium against visiting Judson.
Arkansas wide receiver commit Jadeon Wilson (6-3, 172) is one of numerous Division I prospects that grace the roster this season for Desoto head coach Claud Mathis.
“(The Razorbacks) are getting one of the hardest workers we have on this football team,” Mathis said. “He is going to bring his A-game every single day. His work ethic is unbelievable. His knowledge of the game is unbelievable. He understands what the defense is giving us, what they are doing to us and what he needs to do for him to be successful.”
Wilson, whose older brother Donte Wilson played at Ohio State, chose Arkansas over UCLA, Nebraska, Missouri, Louisville, Oregon State, California, Indiana, Kansas and other programs.
He caught 28 passes for 520 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
“He is a great route runner, epecially when he gets to the top of his route,” Mathis said. “He can run. He is a 47 (second) guy in the quarter (mile run). Not only can he run, but he can get open for us.”
Wilson’s decision to commit to Arkansas was due in large part to receivers coach Justin Stepp and offensive coordinator Kendal Briles.
“Those two guys went to work on tag teaming him,” Mathis said. “Coach Stepp got on him first and was the main guy and then when Coach Briles got on board, he knew Jaedon was the type of player he wanted in his offense.”
Desoto also boasts Baylor defensive tackle pledge Byron Murphy II (6-1, 290), Texas Tech wide receiver commit Jerand Bradley (6-5, 200), Illinois quarterback pledge Samari Collier (6-3, 220), cornerback Lathan Adams (5-9, 160) and defensive end Shermar Turner (6-4, 282), who will choose between Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M.
“I think we have about eight,” Mathis said of his Division I prospects. “This is a talented bunch that is ready to get after it.”
“I feel really good about our squad this year. I know this covid-19 has really affected the start of football in Texas, but I feel really good about our chances. I feel like we have the best defensive line in the country.”
Mathis stressed that DeSoto has done its best to get this squad to the field.
“It has been tough, but we are dealing with it the best that we can,” Mathis said. “I know that we are keeping our kids safe and have a great plan for our kids.
“We are definitely fired up about it now. We are now being able to get into meetings instead of just the weight room. We just gave to maintain and make sure we are keeping our kids safe.”
Desoto will scrimmage South Lake Carroll on Sept. 24 in a battle of two UIL Division Division 6-DII powers.
It is a rematch of Carroll’s 35-17 win that ended Desoto’s season last year.
“It will be a good challenge for us both,” Mathis said. “It will be two talented teams ready to get after it.”
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