Hearing that Bennie Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 230-pound middle linebacker at St. Michael-Albertville High School outside of the Twin Cities will walk on to the BIson football team as a fullback next fall. He’s already got the size for a fullback and apparently has the mentality, too,
Here is an email from SM-A head coach Jared Essler: “Bennie did commit last week to be a ‘preferred walk-on’ at NDSU. He went up for camp this summer and really enjoyed it. He’s kind of a jack of all trades guy for us— plays DE in our 4-man front, LB in our 3-man front, and FB on defense. Good kid, loves football, never misses a weight room day, happy for him.”
This from Mike Schoemer of The Patch online newspaper: “The guy is a physical specimen and tough competitor. He wrestled last year – first time – and finished with a winning record and helped the Knights to a Section Championship when a couple of heavier weights battled injury.”
Here’s a season preview clip from Schoemer, formerly of the West Fargo Pioneer and a friend in the business, wroite in The Patch: “On defense, Wilson represents the best college prospect the Knights have had in some time. The linebacker and defensive end disrupts entire games, and loves to hit the quarterback.”
Essler, by the way, is a former Bison safety who is in his second year as the head coach at St. Michael-Albertville.