Recruiting & Scouting

Michigan, Michigan State each nab a Division I caliber player from De La Salle as a preferred walk-on

Football   | Tom Markowski

Michigan, Michigan State each nab a Division I caliber player from De La Salle as a preferred walk-on







Warren – It didn’t draw nearly the attention that was afforded Rashan Gary of New Jersey but to Tru Wilson and his family Wednesday was a day to be proud.

Wilson, an all-purpose back from Warren De La Salle, signed with Michigan as a preferred walk-on. Wilson will attend U-M and participate in football workouts but he did not sign a letter-of-intent.

Wilson explained that he signed, at 9 a.m., a “letter of commitment” to be a part of the football program.

His teammate, two-way end Drew Beesley, will also be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State. Beesley was committed to Bowling Green but de-committed soon after last season.

Beesley (6-3, 220) received scholarship offers from nearly every Mid-American Conference school but chose to go to East Lansing.

 Wilson (5-10, 190) is a three-year starter in the secondary and the past two seasons he started on offense, at receiver, running back and quarterback. He also returned kicks.

Wilson said he received scholarship offers from North Dakota State, Robert Morris and Lehigh, and was accepted at all three service academies, Air Force, Army and Navy.

Wilson said he received the offer the preferred walk-on status two weeks ago.

“I talked to my parents about it and we took a visit (to Ann Arbor) last Saturday,” he said. “It was the first time I met coach (Jim) Harbaugh. We toured the facilities, heard him talk and he answered all of our questions. I said yes then.

“It’s a real good opportunity to prove myself. Michigan is one of the best programs in the country and I wanted to be a part of it.

“Before I got that offer it was between Navy and North Dakota State.”

Wilson, who has two younger brothers, has a 3.8 grade-point average and said he plans entering the field of medicine. He scored a 22 on the ACT but said he will re-take the test on Saturday.

Wilson and Beesley were a big part of De La Salle winning the school’s first state title (Division 2) in 2014.

Beesley (6-3, 220) received scholarship offers from a number of schools from the Mid-American Conference and also Syracuse. Dino Babers left Bowling Green to take the head coaching position at Syracuse and he tried to convince Beesley to follow. Beesley though otherwise.

“I just decided Michigan State was the best fit,” Beesley said. “Even if I have to pay for my schooling. Playing in the Big Ten has been a dream of mine.

Beesley, like Wilson, visited the campus, met the coaches and said “it’s a unique place”.   

Other players from De La Salle who signed include two to Western Michigan, linebacker Eric Rogers and tackle Jordan Asbury. Josh Wilk (DB/QB) signed with Michigan Tech, Reggie Irby (DB) signed with Saginaw Valley State, Matt Becker (OL) signed with Malone University (Canton, OH), and Tommie Evans (OL) and Austin Porter (LB) signed with Northern Michigan.