As we move into the fifties, we’re getting closer and closer to halfway through our countdown. Next up is redshirt junior defensive lineman Dakota Wilson. Wilson switched numbers this season, from 37 to 59. He’s a walk-on from Bradenton, FL who joined the team in the spring of 2012. but has yet to see game action yet. But he has performed admirably on the scout team, as he was chosen as the Scout Team Player of the Week for his role in preparations against Bowling Green in 2012.
During his time at Braden River, Wilson played both baseball and football. His performance on the gridiron earned him first-team all-area nods by the Bradenton Herald in 2009 and 2010. He was also named a captain for the Pirates during 2010, his senior campaign. Wilson was given the prestigious U.S. Army Reserve scholar athlete and United States Marine Corps distinguished athlete awards following his senior season. He helped Braden River go to three straight Class 3A football playoffs. Wilson wasn’t rated in the 247 Sports composite rankings, but he did have offers to play at other schools. He chose to attend Florida over Richmond, Tulane, and William & Mary.
Dakota Wilson also played baseball for the Pirates, serving as an infielder and pitcher for three years. Over his high school career, Wilson batted .335, including .461 his senior season. He had two home runs, 37 RBI, and 33 runs scored playing for the varsity squad. He also managed a 5-4 record with a 3.28 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his last two seasons as a starting pitcher.
Whether or not Wilson sees the football field for the Gators is somewhat of a moot point at this time. He serves as a role model and leader for the team for what he accomplished in high school. The U.S. Army reserve scholar athlete and USMC distinguished athlete awards are incredibly esteemed as they reward you for being an outstanding athlete and person on and off the field. Dakota Wilson just might be one of the high character guys that could inspire this Gators squad to outstanding things this coming season. We’ll see if changing his number helps him get some playing time.