DRAPER — About three months ago, a rising sophomore quarterback received a scholarship offer from BYU, which became the first school to extend a potential scholarship when he graduates in three years.
The only problem? He didn't know about it.
Corner Canyon sophomore Isaac Wilson — the younger brother of former BYU quarterback and New York Jets first-round pick Zach Wilson — received an offer from BYU coach Kalani Sitake to play for the Cougars after he graduates from the Draper-based local powerhouse. According to 247 Sports, which tracks recruiting as well as any outlet in the country, it would be the younger Wilson's first collegiate offer.
Schools cannot comment on unsigned recruits until they have submitted a national letter of intent as a senior, or they are enrolled in classes or grant-in-aid requests such as a scholarship, according to NCAA rules. But Wilson posted the offer on Twitter, as many recruits are apt to do in the social media era, and in large part because of his family's new legacy at BYU, where brother Josh is a linebacker for the Cougars and another brother Micah (who will be a senior at Corner Canyon in 2021-22) recently committed.
I just found that I was offered a scholarship from BYU 3 months ago. My dad felt it was best to wait to tell me, until the time was right. Thank you @KalaniSitake &@CoachRoderick for believing in me. I have so much more to prove but I am so grateful for the opportunity #gocougspic.twitter.com/I31Yfnyxxm— Isaac Wilson (@Isaac_kawika) May 26, 2021
"My dad felt it was best to wait to tell me, until the time was right," Isaac Wilson said on Twitter. "Thank you (BYU head coach Kalani Sitake) and (offensive coordinator Aaron Roderick) for believing in me. I have so much more to prove but I am so grateful for the opportunity."
Of course, his father — former University of Utah defensive lineman Mike Wilson — had plenty of good reasons to keep the offer hidden. He's been busy helping oldest son Zach prepare for the NFL draft, mentoring Josh through college, and doing his own coaching in the youth football system in the Draper era.
But the Salt Lake Valley entrepreneur known as "Big Mike" by his friends and associates explained his reasoning in an even better way — in a way only a father can, really.
"I felt it was better to let you continue to develop," said Mike Wilson, who has helped coach his sons on the local 7-on-7 circuit this spring. "You do have a lot to prove. But you have been killing it in 7on7 football. I'm so proud of your development over the past few months."
He ended his tweet with a simple sign off: "Love you! Keep working!"
I felt it was better to let you continue to develop. You do have a lot to prove. But you have been killing it in 7on7 football. I'm so proud of your development over the past few months. Love you! Keep working! https://t.co/IJnwy2iSLT— Mike Wilson (@wilsonohana) May 26, 2021
Isaac Wilson played sparingly in one game as a freshman for Corner Canyon, which went undefeated in Class 6A en route to a third consecutive state title by the arm of Gatorade National Player of the Year quarterback Jaxson Dart, who is currently enrolled at USC, and primary backup Jackson Rasmussen. The younger Wilson finished with five yards on a pair of scrambles for the Chargers, while also playing on the freshman team. The 5-foot-11, 166-pound pro-style quarterback recently had his 247 Sports profile page published on the site's extensive recruiting database, but more scholarship offers are sure to follow the rising underclassmen.
Josh Wilson played in eight games for BYU of his second freshman season due to COVID-19, totaling five tackles with two solo stops. The 6-foot, 215-pound jackhammer was a hard-hitting sure tackler during his tenure with the Chargers, a role that has been taken over by his younger brother Micah. That Wilson totaled 133 tackles and two tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two fumbles in 2020.
Micah Wilson committed to the Cougars in April, making his decision public April 20.