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Meet The 2019 Class: Three-Star CB Marquis Wilson

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Taking a prospect-by-prospect look at Penn State’s elite 2019 recruiting class.

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The Nittany Lions took a pair of defensive backs from Connecticut in 2019, the first of which was Marquis Wilson. You might remember his commitment because when James Franklin sent out the Good Tweet™, Wilson’s announcement itself ended up not coming until nearly two hours later. Good times, good times.

VITALS

Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Position Hometown High School Height/Weight 247Composite Rank
Cornerback Windsor, CT Windsor H.S. 5-foot-11, 167 pounds Three-Star (88.84)

HIGHLIGHTS

SCOUTING REPORT

Marquis Wilson is one of those guys that you put on his film, and you can tell he’s a natural cornerback. To steal a term from Mike Mayock, Wilson has oily hips, as highlighted by the way he changes direction so fluidly. His testing numbers back this up, with a 4.09 shuttle time that would have put him in the top 10 for defensive backs at the 2018 NFL combine.

Along with his fluidity, Wilson shows great anticipatory skills before the ball is thrown, and has the body control and ball skills to either break up the pass or come down with the interception.

Wilson does have concerns though. He has solid length at 5-foot-11, but also sports a wiry frame that might give him issues when adding mass. Wilson also doesn’t have terrific long speed, running just a 4.71 40-time. Just to due to his aggressive nature of play, it wouldn’t be surprising if Wilson is more susceptible to getting beat deep then someone like Keaton Ellis and his sub-4.4 forty.

OUTLOOK

Like I said above, I’m a big fan of Wilson, and with him enrolling early, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s a yellow light candidate. That being said, Wilson didn’t play his senior year of football. To be frank, I’m not sure what the issue was, but that type of layoff could lead to a slower development than one would hope for. Combine that with Wilson being just 167 pounds, and a redshirt year seems like it would be preferred.