August 2, 2006

Behind the Verbal

It an early decision, but not an easy one, for James Wilson.

The 6-foot-4, 308-pound offensive lineman ended his recruitment Tuesday by announcing at a local restaurant in front of friends, family and the media that he would attend USC next fall.

Wilson decided to commit well before signing day but grappled over which school to attend, USC or Notre Dame.

"It was definitely a tough decision, but I just weighted all the pros and cons of each school," said Wilson. "I got a great feel for both schools when I went their camps this summer."

Even though he ranks as the number two offensive guard in the Rivals100, Wilson has plans beyond the football field. In order to fulfill his goal of owning a business after college, Wilson looked closely at USC's business school and liked what he saw.

"What really helped decide it for me was the time I spent at Southern Cal's business school," said Wilson. "I spent a good hour and a half there getting all my questions answered. I want to major in business and I felt really good about what they had to offer."

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