The 6-4, 280-pounder was one of the Ags’ first commitments and the nationally-ranked offensive lineman never wavered. At the time of his pledge last February, Wilson already held offers from Michigan and Nebraska and was receiving heavy interest from LSU, OU, Alabama and Texas.
One of the state’s three most highly-regarded offensive line recruits, Wilson projects as a tackle but could slide inside to guard in a pinch. Ishmael will likely compete for a starting job at tackle after Jake Matthews and Cedric Ogbuehi move on to the NFL. Wilson is a physically-gifted tackle, with excellent feet, agility, long arms and a lean, athletic frame capable of carrying more than 300 pounds. That makes Ish a very attractive prospect in the Ags’ offensive scheme as a pass blocker, but he also plays with the type of mean streak and level of physicality that any successful SEC blocker needs.
Because he’s the prototype of what Offensive Line Coach B.J. Anderson wants at that position – an uber-athletic blocker capable of winning one-on-one battles against high-end SEC defensive linemen and powerful enough to not be overwhelmed physically – don’t be surprised to see Ishmael Wilson redshirt in 2013 (though not guaranteed) and immediately compete for a starting tackle spot as a second-year man. By that time, the TAPPS 1-5A First Team All-District pick should be closing in on 300 lean pounds following a year under the watchful eye of Larry Jackson.
Stats2012: Anchored a line that helped average 297 yards of offense a game
Honors2011: TAPPS 1-5A Second Team All-District
2012: TAPPS 1-5A First Team All-District; Offense-Defense All-American