Boe Wilson grew up supporting a school with a different shade of red.
Wilson's father, Harry Wilson, was a linebacker for the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1997 and 1998. Wilson was born in Fayetteville, Ark., before his family eventually relocated to Lee's Summit, Mo., a Kansas city suburb. Wilson stayed a Razorback fan, but his eyes started to open once he became a college football prospect.
The Huskers entered the chase for him with an offer on May 8, 2015. A couple months later, he was in attendance for NU's Big Red Weekend.
By mid-July, he was committed to the Huskers, choosing NU over schools like Louisville, Kansas, Purdue and Indiana.
That visit for Big Red Weekend played a massive part in Wilson eventually choosing the Huskers. Mike Cavanaugh, his lead recruiter, was another big reason.
“Coach Cav is pretty much a great man from what I can tell when I’ve talked to him,” Wilson said in an interview with The World-Herald after he committed. “Coach Cav is a family man, and family’s what I’m about, too. I love that.”
Wilson began playing as a freshman on the varsity at Lee's Summit West, the same high school that produced former Huskers wide receiver recruit Monte Harrison. Wilson's coach there, Royce Boehm, has a son, Evan, who started 40 straight games at center for Missouri.
He helped win a state title as a sophomore in 2013.
"Boe is one scrappy cat," Boehm said. "He’s a finisher who loves to lock on to you and drive you to the ground."
Wilson said his strength is his blocking technique — specifically how he uses his hands to engage and turn defensive linemen — and his seasoning in the game, assisted by Lee’s Summit West offensive line coaches.
“I’m a big, nasty road grader,” Wilson said.
Wilson's a consensus three-star prospect and the nation's No. 3 center, according to Scout. Wilson played tackle in high school, but he projects to any interior offensive line position on the next level.
Wilson played in the Under Armour All-America Game after his senior year. He wasn't initially invited. Instead, he was placed in a group with 31 other prospects and placed in a fan vote to award two additional spots in the game.
He received more than 261,000 votes in the final round, about two-thirds of the total votes cast.
“I feel extremely blessed to have this support system," Wilson told USA Today after winning the vote. "I’ve received overwhelming support from family, friends and people across the county.”
Wilson is the Huskers’ third offensive line recruit out of the Kansas City area in the last four years, following Christian Gaylord (2015, Baldwin, Kansas) and Zach Hannon (2013, Kansas City).
Good competitor who plays with an edge, so not somebody who will shy away from the challenge. That said, Nebraska has some good young guards in the system, so Wilson will have some work to do to climb the ladder once he gets here. Although Lee’s Summit West struggled last fall, he comes from a winning program and played on a 2013 Titans team that finished 13-1 and won a Missouri Class 5 state championship.
Below is Wilson's tweet from when he announced his commitment to NU:
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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