Quincy Wilson’s father, Chad, joined the Gator Nation Football Podcast to discuss the Florida Gators and his younger son, Marco, a 4-star cornerback.
It’s been more than three months since the Florida Gators secured a commitment from 4-star prospect Marco Wilson. The 6-foot, 180-pound Plantation, Florida native is the No. 5 cornerback in the Sunshine State and the No. 30 cornerback in the 2017 recruiting class.
The signing makes it a bit of a family affair for the Gators. Wilson is the younger brother of current Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, who signed with Florida in the 2014 recruiting class as a 3-star prospect. And when Quincy passes the torch to his little brother, he knows Marco will be ready to go in The Swamp.
As simple as it seems for Marco to follow in his brother’s footsteps, it was a strange dynamic for Quincy when he chose the Gators, considering his father, Chad, played cornerback for the Miami Hurricanes in the early 1990s.
When Chad Wilson recently spoke with the Gator Nation Football Podcast, he broke down his eldest son’s recruitment and why Gainesville was the best place for him.
“We did our due diligence when Quincy was coming out in taking trips, and I was more into taking unofficial visits. It’s a more realistic picture than when you go on the official visit, and stay at a hotel, or eat at a restaurant you’re never gonna go to when you’re at the school,” Chad Wilson said. “So, I got a chance to observe the coaching staff in the various camps, their coaching style, and so on and so forth. So, we went to a number of schools, and after going to all the schools, everything just seemed right at Florida. It just seemed like he would be well taken care of there, and not only just the football stuff but academically, as well.”
The decision was about more than football, as it is for many recruits. There was comfort found in the situation and atmosphere that Florida presented for Quincy. As a parent, it helped Chad come to grips with the decision, knowing his son would be in good hands.
Of course, when Marco steps foot onto the campus in 2017, it will be for a different staff. Quincy signed on to play for Will Muschamp — who returns to The Swamp for the first time as head coach of South Carolina on Saturday. When Marco puts his name on the dotted line, he’ll be playing for Jim McElwain.
Muschamp’s staff included current Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, who built up a reputation for being one of the best recruiters and one of the best defensive backs coaches in the nation. Chad Wilson liked that his son would be learning from one of the best.
Now, McElwain’s defensive backs coach is Torrian Gray, who has quickly built his own reputation after many seasons with Virginia Tech. And Wilson sees a similar situation unfolding for his younger son.
“As it comes around for Marco, all those things are still in play, even though the staff has changed, still all the other things were a factor,” he said of the non-football benefits at Florida. “And then, on top of that, you’ve got another friendly depth chart situation. Marco has a chance to go in and compete, and, if he’s on his game, [he’ll] get some early playing time, and then go on from there.”
The Gators currently sit at No. 15 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings with Marco being one of 15 total commits. Florida is behind No. 11 Miami and No. 12 Florida State, and many Gators fans aren’t particularly happy about that or about the way recruiting has gone early on in McElwain’s tenure.
When asked about Florida State and Miami being more attractive programs for recruits, Chad Wilson provided a conterpoint.
“I don’t know where that would come from. I’m not really getting that sense, as I think about it in recruiting,” he said. “I know Florida State has had a great amount of success in recent years. I see it declining, though. I think we all are seeing that … the party nature of Tallahassee and Florida State, perhaps that’s eye catching. But I think it’s just residuals off of winning a national championship for Florida State.”
And the former Hurricane had even less belief that Miami was ever far ahead of Florida on the recruiting trail.
“The Miami thing, I’m not getting a sense of. If that is the case, the only theory I can think of, maybe, is a brand new coach in Mark Right, a former Cane, and it’s something brand new.”
He views Florida as the cream of the crop in the country’s most prolific pipeline, primarily because it’s in the SEC.
“When I look at Florida, you’re talking about the only school in the state of Florida from the No. 1 conference in the country … it’s in the state of Florida, a hotbed for recruiting. That alone should make it super attractive to any high school senior trying to come out and play football at the next level.”
Maybe that’s why both of his sons will have been Gators.