Player Profile: H.D. Woodson DE De’Jon Wilson
Posted June 23, 2011 8:47 pm
Graphic courtesy of Sean Williams
FinestPreps recently profiled one of the top prospects in the D.C. metro area and the country in Friendship Collegiate’s Eddie Goldman.
Today we take another look at a dominant defensive lineman from the D.C. area.
He’s a member of the 2012 recruiting class and is one of the best sackmasters in America!
Who’s the terrorizing defensive lineman who currently owns the sack record in Washington, D.C.?
Check below for the full report on him by Mike Curtis.
If you’re looking for a defensive end who can really rush the pass, look no further then De’jon Wilson. The H.D Woodson (Washington, D.C.) standout is coming off an incredible junior season, in which he set the Washington, D.C. sack record with 21 sacks. That’s right, 21 sacks!
With stats like that, it should come as no surprise that Wilson is a wanted man.
Illinois, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Marshall, Temple, Toledo, and Buffalo have offered the sackmaster with other teams certain to follow suit. A true edge rusher, Wilson excels at getting up field and after the quarterback. Displaying a tremendous burst off the line, his quickness makes him incredibly tough to handle for opposing linemen. Wilson’s first step is so explosive that he’s often around the offensive linemen before they can even get their hands on him. Dejon lives in the backfield–as evidenced by his 26 tackles for loss last season.
On the rare occasion that Wilson doesn’t get to the quarterback, he does a good job of getting his hands up to deflect passes. He also has a very good motor and is relentless in his pursuit of the quarterback.
His 4.68 speed will enable him to stand up and play some linebacker as well. Even though he’s slightly undersized at 6’3″, 240 pounds, he makes up for it by getting good leverage and by using his superior athleticism. Plus, Wilson has the type of frame that can carry an additional 15-20 pounds without sacrificing quickness. A year in the weight room would help him in the running game as well. He’s a solid tackler, but he needs to do a better job of wrapping up. Too often he goes for the big hit, instead of making the sure tackle.
Wilson also needs to expand his arsenal of pass rush moves because he currently relies on a speed rush to outquick linemen. At the next level he will need to be able to counter with a variety of moves when the speed rush doesn’t work. Once he develops his tools and technique, he will be even more of a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.
Dejon will contribute early in his career on special teams and obvious passing situations where he can focus on rushing the passer. Even though he’s currently rated three stars by Rivals.com, he is still underrated in my opinion.
Wilson has tremendous upside and loads of potential. There is no doubt his stock is on the rise, making him a prospect you need to keep your eye on.
Mike Curtis is a contributing writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out De’Jon Wilson’s junior highlight video below.