#8 Dillon Wilson
Previous College: None
Projection: Scout Team
Status: On Scholarship
Dillon Scott Wilson (b. May 21, 1993) is a place-kicker who who is entering his fourth year in the program and will compete for place kicking duties. He has yet to make an actual kick in a real, live Division I football game.
Wilson redshirted in 2011 and did not see any game action as a member of the scout team in 2012 or 2013.
At this time two years ago, I thought Wilson would be the kicker of the future for sure. We had no other scholarship kickers on the roster at that time. But things have changed rapidly in the two seasons since.
Three kickers attempted and made field goals in the 2014 spring game, and none of them was Wilson.
Redshirt junior and former walk-on Jack Cantele clearly has passed Wilson for field goals and extra points, while walk-on Ian Patterson handles kickoff duties and relieved the injured Cantele in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Wilson attempted three kickoffs for a 52.3-yard average, so he seems set to back up Patterson. But scholarship freshman Matthew McCrane, coming off a redshirt season, seems to have passed Wilson for field goal duties.
Wilson was 6 of 8 on field goals with a long of 44 during his senior year in high school. He made 7 of 7, with a long of 47, as a junior. He also was 37-7 in four seasons of wrestling, should we ever be in need of those skills.
Wilson also was named to PrepStar magazine's All-Midlands Region team. He was a two-time Special Teams Player of the Week honoree and was the school's Special Teams Player of the Year in 2009.
ESPN rated him the No. 29 kicker in his class. Rivals and Scout had him in the top 20.