If there were one word to describe Jay Jay Wilson, it would be competitor. Sure, every football player has to have a competitive side. But Wilson's is extreme. The giant four-star athlete from Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, Calif., is bringing his talents to Sun Devil Stadium after signing with ASU Wednesday.
Wilson can play on either side of the field, but he's better suited for defense, where he's going to remind a lot of fans of a raw Kam Chancellor. Wilson is massive for a potential safety: 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He runs well and has a nose for the football.
But most importantly, he hates losing, and he can carry his team on his back. In what was essentially the 2014 Foothill League championship game, against Valencia's arch rival Hart (home of Sun Devil QB commit Brady White), Wilson engineered a comeback for the ages.
Down 27-0, Wilson scored all four touchdowns before intercepting White with 10 seconds remaining to lock up a sixth-consecutive league championship for the Vikings.
Those who know Wilson best assumed he was headed to USC. The Trojans had offered Wilson a spot as a preferred walk-on, and those close to Wilson indicate USC head coach Steve Sarkisian had promised Wilson a scholarship in 2016. But Wilson will be given an opportunity to play right away at Arizona State, on a full scholarship.
Although he visited Utah and Colorado, Wilson never really considered those schools. He's a big get for the Sun Devils, a late bloomer in high school who is still young and has all of the tools to contribute as a jack-of-all-trades defender for Todd Graham.
Wilson's highlights below: