A family vacation to Colorado could change Davonta Wilson's life forever.
Wilson is a 6-foot, 184-pound defensive back at Miami Central High School, a school that has produced a small army of NFL players, including Willis McGahee, Devonta Freeman and, most recently, former Florida State star and Minnesota Vikings' rookie Dalvin Cook. Though expectations might be high for Miami Central athletes that go on to FBS programs, Wilson loves it and would have it no other way.
"I have to live up to the standards that have been set already," he told HERO Sports.
And he'll be aiming for those standards at Colorado State, whom he committed to on Monday:
— Davonta wilson (@Vontae___) July 11, 2017
Currently an unranked athlete by 247Sports, Wilson says the Rams will keep him at his primary position of safety. He also carried six other FBS offers, including ones from Kentucky, Mississippi State and Temple, but says Colorado State "felt like the right fit," noting a great relationship with the coaching staff and gorgeous new facilities.
Wilson visited Fort Collins last year during a family vacation. At the time the Rams had not yet offered a scholarship but he was still interested in the school, "dropping by" to chat with the coaching staff and check out the new on-campus stadium. Colorado State Stadium, a $220 million venue replacing the 49-year-old far-off-campus Hughes Stadium, was still months from completion during Wilson's visit and he cannot wait to get back for a game this season.
He becomes the seventh known commitment for third-year head coach Mike Bobo, who celebrated Wilson's commitment on Monday night.
"It's a great day to be a Ram!" the tweeted. "From South Beach to the Rocky Mountains. #B18Horns is on a roll."
Colorado State opens the 2017 season — and their new stadium — on Thursday, Aug. 26, against Oregon State. Here's a look at their newest 2018 recruit: