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Early Signing Period: 3-star defensive lineman Dion Wilson Jr. signs with Arizona

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Meet the explosive lineman from Southern California

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DL commit Dion Wilson Jr. on his official visit to Arizona in October 2019.
Photo via @DionxGuccii on Twitter

The Arizona Wildcats added a big, athletic defensive lineman from Southern California on Wednesday in 3-star Dion Wilson Jr.

Read on for Wilson’s profile.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 265 pounds

High School: Orange Vista High School

Hometown: San Bernardino, Calif.

Ranking: No. 940 overall, No. 60 athlete, No. 79 player in California

Star Rating: 3-star (247Sports Composite), 3-star (247Sports), 3-star (Rivals)

2019 Stats: 26 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Career Stats: 26 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 forced fumble

Other Offers: Arizona State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Sacramento State

Early Enrollee: No

Brandon’s Thoughts: I really like Wilson. He is incredibly quick for someone of his size and he has a nice first step at the snap.

He’s exactly the type of defensive lineman that Arizona needs. He has the versatility to play inside or out. Wilson has a very high upside and has only started tapping into his potential.

Wilson plays with a ton of aggression, which is needed on Arizona’s defense. He also exhibits an ability to easily dissect plays and react with great success. This allows him to not over pursue even with his aggressive play.

Gabe’s Thoughts: I think what you get here is a lot of upside and versatility. Wilson is still raw but he shows you he has the athleticism and and size that could turn him into a big time contributor in the future.

I’ll be interested to see where the staff ultimately puts him. I feel like they can move him from defensive end all the way to nose guard with his current frame, it just depends on how they want his body to look.

Dion’s Thoughts on being a Wildcat: “I think it’s a great new opportunity for me to really make history.”

Season Highlights:

Favorite Food: “Everything but cucumber and zucchini.”

Favorite Music Artist: “NBA YoungBoy and Kendrick Lamar.”

Hobbies: “Playing basketball, eating food, roller skating, and playing PS4. My favorite game is (NBA) 2K of course.”

Favorite Sports Team/Pro Athlete: “My favorite team is the Green Bay Packers and athlete is Demarcus Ware.”

Biggest Supporter Throughout Your Career: “My family, the staff at my school, and all my coaches. But the main coach is Coach John Beason.”

What You Like Most About Playing Football: “To me the best part about playing football is the split second before they snap the ball. It just seems like everything goes in slow mo and all you know is that you got to make the play to win it all.”

Fondest Memory of High School Career: “Me almost suplexing a kid!”

Major: “Marketing Management.”