Wilson focused on Belk Bowl, not NFL

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s De’Runnya Wilson will have a decision to make when the season is over.

The wide receiver will have to choose whether to return for his senior season with the Bulldogs or declare for the NFL Draft a year early.

But for now, Wilson has his sights set on the doing what he can to help MSU win the Belk Bowl against N.C. State on Dec. 30.

“I’m just focusing on this game right now,” Wilson said. “I want to get this win and go from there. The NFL stands for not for long and it’s not going anywhere.”

MSU juniors Beniquez Brown, Jamaal Clayborn and Chris Jones have already requested an NFL Draft evaluation. A team is allowed up to five underclassmen to request feedback on their draft stock.The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder from Birmingham is currently projected as a second- or third-round selection by CBSSports .com. That site considers Wilson the 10th-best wideout in the draft and the 85th overall prospect.

So far, Wilson has not filed paperwork requesting a draft grade. He has, however, put out a few feelers among the Bulldogs’ coaching staff to see what NFL scouts have to say.

“I had them ask questions about me, what I needed to get better at and what they thought about me coming out,” Wilson said. “One of the things I needed to work on was all the little things and be more consistent.”

Wilson arrived at MSU in 2013 as a three-star recruit that had only played one year of high school football. He is coming off his best collegiate year yet with 55 catches for 822 yards and a team-leading nine touchdowns during the regular season.

Wilson’s experience in college is not something he takes for granted but the decision he has to make not only affects him but also his two young children.

“I was blessed to be a college athlete,” Wilson said. “I just want to cherish those moments by working hard each and every time I get them for my daughter and my son.”

Wilson was a three-time state champion and former Mr. Basketball in Alabama. He expected to play both sports in college but decided to drop basketball after seven games his freshman year in Starkville to continue his improvement on the gridiron.

“It made me focus more on football and become more of a leader,” Wilson said. “I was able to work harder with weights and put in extra time running routes. I just want to be the best at the receiver position against any defender one-on-one. I know the things I do outside of football will help me do that.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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