By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
Late Monday, Wenonah (Ala.) School’s De’Runnya Wilson felt a lot of stress leave his mind. But at the end of the day, the 2013 receiver prospect didn’t face a difficult decision, he said.
The 6-foot-5 and 212-pound receiver committed to MSU late Monday and became the Bulldogs’ 23rd commitment for the Class of 2013.
“It just feels good,” said Wilson. “I told Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Tim) Brewster last night I was committing and that I was coming to Mississippi State. They already felt I was coming and it was no surprise to them. They always felt comfortable with me and I felt the same with Mississippi State.
“I always knew where I wanted to go. I just wanted to visit there and when I got back, I told my mom about it. I told her how I felt and where I wanted to go. I know Coach Mullen and Coach Brew are coming to my basketball game tonight, too, and I am going to ball out for them.”
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports with an 87 rating, Wilson also held offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, Cincinnati and UAB. He also plans to walk on to the MSU basketball team as well. Last year Wilson was the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in the state of Alabama as a junior.
“I feel I can help out quick in both sports,” said Wilson. “In football I can get all the jump balls and out-muscle defensive backs and catch the ball at the highest point. I will be doing all the things that Coach Brewster teaches me. Whatever he teaches me is what I will be doing.
“The (MSU) basketball coaches also say I have a good feel for the game. They also like my aggressiveness.”
Wilson has been one of Wenonah’s top performers on the hardwood the past three seasons. But he didn’t play football as a sophomore or junior. But his return to the gridiron this season caught a lot of attention from colleges after he began to perform in clutch situations.
“This season I to work for everything I got in football since nobody knew of me,” said Wilson. “I had to work for my offers and work to get back in rhythm. Now I have to do that all over again in college. The work ethic I bring to both sports at Mississippi State is going to stand out. Nobody is going to outwork me.
“One of the things I like about Mississippi State is I know they are going to push me and strive for greatness.”