Central's Wilson signs with Bluefield

Apr. 30, 2014 @ 08:57 PM

Josh Wilson knew he needed to work hard to be successful.

Over the years, that mentality showed in everything he did – whether on the football field, the wrestling mat or the baseball diamond.

Now that determination to compete his hardest has helped Wilson, a senior at High Point Central, sign with Bluefield College to continue his football career at the NAIA level.

“It’s awesome. It’s a dream come true,” says Wilson, a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker who signed alongside teammate Jarariel Simmons to join the Rams.

Wilson, the son of Donnie and Judith, began playing football when he was 5 years old, starting out in Pop Warner flag football with the Lions. As he grew up, he switch to tackle football, continuing to play Pop Warner throughout middle school and into high school..

After playing outside of school as a freshman, the coaches at High Point Central talked with him about playing for the school team. So, he made the JV team as a sophomore and was called up to the varsity team during the season.

“I just loved it and I played ever since,” he says of what’s kept him playing football. “It’s that teamwork, that adrenaline I get when I’m hitting and tackling.”

Wilson began as a defensive lineman but soon moved to linebacker, where he was twice named Piedmont Triad 4A All-Conference. He helped Central reach the playoffs all three years, win nine games each of his junior and senior years and tie for the PTC title his senior year.

“Everyone we played always recognized No. 9 as one of our better players, one of the people they had to defend,” Bison coach Wayne Jones said. “It’s just his work ethic. His brother (Tyler Wilson) was a pretty good player here too.

“He’s a good wrestler, baseball player – just an all-around athlete for us. And being an all-around athlete, he has everything invested in the program. He’s going to come out there, work hard and do the best that he can to succeed.”

Wilson, who as a junior realized he needed to get stronger and dedicated himself to achieving the results, weighed his college options into the winter of his senior year. His other options included playing baseball at Pfeiffer and football at Catawba.

But he liked the fit at Bluefield, located in Bluefield, Virginia, and decided a couple weeks ago to sign with head coach Ordell Walker and the Rams, who restarted their football program in 2012 after giving it up during World War II.

“They kept talking with us how they’re going to make us a better person,” says Wilson, who wants to study business. “It’s not as big a school, so I know academically that’ll help me out. I just see a good future there.”

The possibility of playing baseball elsewhere made his decision a bit tougher, Wilson says. But, in the end, he knew what he wanted to do.

“I just remembered how much I love playing football,” he says.