MIDLOTHIAN – Dillon Wilson made his commitment to Kansas State early so he could focus on his senior season. His body did not oblige him with a healthy year.
So when Wilson put pen to paper to finalize his letter of intent on national signing day, the kicker was ready to get a clean slate. Ready to prove that one off year won’t slow him down.
“It’s good to get a fresh start. I wouldn’t want my career to end the way it did with me and my injury. I’m just excited looking toward the future,” Wilson said.
The placekicking specialist was one of two FBS football players to sign for Midlothian during the 2011 signing day festivities. He and teammate Eric Agbaroji stretched the program’s consecutive years with a D-I signee to three straight seasons (Bryce Petty to Baylor in 2009 and Eddie Johnson to Baylor in 2010).
All that is the past. Wilson is ready for what lies ahead, namely a chance to prove himself all over again.
As a freshman, Wilson hit all five of his field goal attempts and 10-of-11 point after tries. His sophomore season, he went 17-of-19 on point after attempts and 6-of-8 on fields. In 2009 he had his best season, going 29-of-32 on point after attempts and a perfect 7-of-7 on field goal tries.
With those numbers in hand, Wilson set up kicking camps at nearly a dozen colleges over the summer with hopes of catching the eye of a scout. He did just that a few short camps into his journey as Kansas State special teams coach Sean Snyder and head coach Bill Snyder offered Wilson a scholarship before he left the Wildcats’ camp.
His recruiting journey ended there and Wilson pledged he wouldn’t change his mind. When he put his signature on the dotted line, he fulfilled that promise.
“He came out of the spring as a relatively unknown in the kicking world and really committed hard that spring, worked super hard, had to set up to go to a bunch of camps over summer, hoping to get noticed,” Midlothian coach Lee Wiginton said. “Kansas State, I think they’re a program that’s getting a great one. He’s a phenomenal athlete on top of being a kicker. He’s one of those guys that’s going to continue to get stronger.”
With a D-I scholarship in-hand, Wilson focused on his senior season. He did finish 14-of-17 on point after tries, 6-of-8 on field goals and notched seven touchbacks. But his season was cut short due to tightness in legs and back that never seemed to go away. He missed most of the second half with the lingering injury.
All the ailments are behind Wilson, who gave up his final year in the Panther wrestling program to focus solely on healing and honing his kicking craft before heading off to college. He was 37-7 as a high school wrestler.
Along the way, Wilson has bulked up, gotten healthy and, as he put it, is “ready to go.” A recent kicking lesson went off without a hitch, all positive signs the high school standout is on his way to success at the collegiate level.
For now, Wilson’s just ready to keep working, practicing and getting healthy. He’s happy to be joining a Kansas State program that has a history of producing great kickers.
“It’s been a long time that I’ve been committed to K-State. There’s been some schools try to come in but I stuck hard with K-State and I’m excited to join the family,” Wilson said.
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