Raines defensive lineman Jaren Wilson won two state titles in high school. He now hopes to bring that winning culture to Edward Waters College. Wilson committed to Edward Waters over the weekend and he sat down with 1010XL to discuss his decision.
“First off, (Edward Waters defensive line coach) Coach (Vernon) Edwards played a huge part in my commitment,” Wilson told 1010XL. “He stayed very consistent and he called me every day. He continues to call me and check up on me so consistency played a huge part.
“Also, he came and sat down at my house, we shared some food and some fellowship and that played a huge role in my commitment as well.”
Wilson was asked how excited he is to be able to play college football at home.
“That’s huge because I won state championships at Raines High School and now I can try to do the same thing at Edward Waters and bring a national championship back to Jacksonville,” Wilson said.
When Wilson looks back on his time at Raines High School, there are two games that stick out in his memory and they are easy ones to remember.
“Just the feeling of both state championship games,” Wilson said. “Just the atmosphere in the first one because I didn’t play that much, but then I knew we just had to work even harder to get back again and that is what we did.”
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Wilson both enjoyed and appreciated his time playing for Raines head coach Deran Wiley.
“Coach Wiley played a huge role and he’s all about winning,” Wilson said. “He brought that winning mentality. We never talked about losing, it was all about winning.”
Being able to move on to play college football is something that Wilson is not taking for granted.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling that I get to move on to the next level to play college football,” Wiley said. “Everybody doesn’t get to do that and it’s like my dreams are coming true. I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a little boy. I get to play college football now and it’s a huge step in my life.”
Wilson plans on enrolling at Edward Waters in June.
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