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Quarterback Zach Wilson throws during BYU pro day in Provo on Friday, March 26, 2021.

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As Zach Wilson accepts NFL draft invite, younger brother Micah commits to BYU

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Updated - Apr. 21, 2021 at 4:55 p.m. | Posted - Apr. 21, 2021 at 4:28 p.m.



PROVO — Zach Wilson is going to the NFL draft.

No, not just on pace to be picked in the draft, with all projections penciling him in to the No. 2 overall pick to the New York Jets.

Wilson will actually be in the green room, too.

The news, first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, that Wilson will be on-site for the 2021 draft in Cleveland comes as little surprise Wednesday afternoon — and even less of a surprise after Wilson's mother Lisa tipped the idea last week on her Instagram Stories about a trip to Cleveland the week of Thursday, April 29.

But if Wilson is aptly selected in the spot just behind presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence on Thursday, he'll make significant amounts of history. He'd be the highest-drafted BYU prospect in school history, the first Utah high schooler selected in the first round since Garett Bolles in 2017, and the highest-drafted Utah college player since Alex Smith went first overall to the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

The top draft pick in Utah high school football history is currently Logan's Merlin Olsen at No. 3 overall in 1962 (Olsen was also the No. 2 overall selection in the AFL draft the same year). Wilson's selection, obviously, would top that.

While the Wilsons prepare for a trip to Cleveland, another Corner Canyon standout of the same surname was pledging his own future to BYU head coach Kalani Sitake.

Micah Wilson, the younger brother of Zach and current BYU linebacker Josh Wilson, committed to the Cougars on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder accrued 133 tackles and a half-sack last season in helping the Chargers to a third-straight state championship.

"Family is everything to me. Staying close to home, playing with my brother and having the opportunity to work with amazing coaches, makes BYU the perfect fit for me," Wilson said on Twitter.

A three-star recruit and the No. 21 prospect in Utah's class of 2022 by 247 Sports, Micah Wilson joins in-state prospects Noah Moeaki of American Fork, Cannon DeVries of Weber, Jarinn Kalama of Wasatch, Liutai Kinikini of West and Maika Kaufusi of Alta in committing to the Cougars. He's also the third son of former Utah defensive lineman Mike Wilson — a one-time well-known season-ticket holder of the Utes — to opt to play college football in Provo.

The Cougars have also been keeping an eye on another Wilson, younger brother Isaac. The 5-foot-10, 145-pound freshman quarterback made a handful of appearances in four games with Corner Canyon's varsity team in 2020, and was recently selected to the Under Armour All-America camp series.

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