Kansas fans should be familiar with Cedar Hill, a program that provided the Jayhawks with All-Big 12'ers Marcus Herford and Dezmon Briscoe, along with current cornerback Greg Brown. And the Jayhawks are evaluating another Cedar Hill target in Travis Wilson, a college wide receiver prospect who plays a combination of roles for the Longhorns.
Wilson is a unique prospect in that because of Cedar Hill's depth at wide receiver (the Longhorns have at least four FBS wideout products), and his skill set as a blocker, he plays more of a tight end/H-back role on most downs. At 6-1 195, he has good size for a wide receiver, with a thick build and pop to his blocks that most wideouts don't have.
First, as a tight end/H-back, Wilson shows the blocking ability of a much larger player. With his quickness, he does a nice job getting underneath the pads of the player in front of him, and he continues his leg drive and moves people off the ball. Where he's special — and it bodes well for his future at the next level — is blocking in space. He's outstanding at breaking down and getting a solid block on somebody at the second and third levels, usually latching on and moving them out of the way. Since blocking is one of the traits that can often force a player off the field early, it stands to reason that Wilson, in the right fit, could see the field early.
And while Wilson's work as a wide receiver is somewhat secondary at this point — though he does line up both in the slot and all the way out as a flanker or split end at times — he shows potential there too. From what I saw, he showed some potential as a route-runner, separating from defenders with burst and change of direction. He also displayed nice feel on a short catch when, as he wasn't open, he drifted to an opening to help his scrambling quarterback out and make a play. He uses his frame well and has surprising speed. Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire said that Wilson is a 4.5-second guy in the 40-yard dash, and after watching him run, I'd say that's probably a pretty fair assessment. He can really go as a straight-line guy, and, while he's not overly elusive, he has a decent amount of get-up-and-go, and he's physical enough to lower his pads on somebody. As a pass-catcher, he plucks the ball away from his body with his hands.
Wilson is an interesting prospect if only because college football is so speed intensive that we're always projecting wide receivers to tight end, and not vice versa. But it's safe to say that, on another team with fewer wide receiver options (or even if Wilson wasn't so tantalizing as a blocker), he wouldn't just be a wide receiver, but one that received a high number of targets.