November 16, 2011
Film Vault: McWilson shines at Mooney
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There was no shortage of talent on the field on Friday night at Canton Fawcett Stadium as Youngstown Cardinal Mooney edged out Steubenville, 24-22, in the second round of the OHSAA playoffs. The star of the game for Mooney was clearly junior safety Marcus McWilson who finished the night with a pair of interceptions and nearly double-digit tackles. Wilson is one of the top safeties in Ohio's junior class and below, we breakdown what makes him an intriguing prospect to college coaching staffs.
For programs that like having safeties that can play up in the box, McWilson will be a highly sought after prospect. He's physical at the point of attack, for a player that is under 200-pounds, he can shed blocks, and can navigate through traffic more like a linebacker. In fact, McWilson spent most of the game lined up right next to Courtney Love at outside linebacker where he excelled in run support and also made a big interception where he baited the Steubenville quarterback into throwing a quick out and then dropped back into coverage to make the interception (his second of the game).
McWilson plays a fast and physical brand of football and his height (6-foot-1) and long arms make him the type of prospect that can also run the alley's back in the secondary in addition to being a fourth linebacker of sorts.
Steubenville is a team that runs a lot of screens offensively and one of the more impressive things that McWilson showed on Friday was an ability to read those screens and not get sucked in as he blew up a pair of screens during the game.
Because of the way McWilson is used, he still have some improvements to make in coverage and when he's back playing his deep safety position he can get a little bit flat-footed and a little bit hesitant. Still, he showed impressive natural instincts on his first interception of the night, where he was lined up in that centerfield spot, read the quarterback, and played the ball instead of the man.
Overall, McWilson is a slam dunk Big Ten level prospect and could be a player that gets offers from many of the top programs in the Midwest.
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