It came down to Notre Dame, Michigan, and Illinois for Martez Wilson, the explosive and athletically-gifted DL/LB/WR from Chicago, ranked No. 15 in Tom Lemming's Class of 2007 Rankings.
With Arrelious Benn committed to play WR for the Fighting Illini, Wilson made the move to get Benn on the field as much as possible. He'll likely play defense in Champaign.
The All-Metro selection in the city of Chicago had a highlight senior year, especially in the Simeon 28-23 win over public league rival Hubbard. It was then that as a receiver, Wilson turned a five-yard pass into a 52-yard game-winning touchdown for Simeon. The tough loss came for Robert Hughes, a good friend of Wilson's and one of the better available players for some time now. Ill-will probably wasn't the case but Hughes just committed to Notre Dame over Illinois. It looks like the two stars from that Simeon-Hubbard have the chance to display their Windy City magic on a much larger scale now.
Wilson recorded 99 tackles and 18 QB sacks as a junior. In track he's been timed in an 11.1 100 meters. This season, he caught 40 passes for 1,005 yards and nine TDs, along with 140 tackles and seven sacks.
Proved to be fast, athletic and smart. A sure-handed receiver with explosive speed, great leaping ability and he also showed the ability to run with the ball after the catch. On defense he is just a natural pass rusher, not a real aggressive ball player but he gets by with superior athletic ability. Has the frame to weigh between 260 and 270 in college. If he puts his mind to it he could become an All-American at the DE position. He's been blessed with long arms and great instincts.