|JCSU's record-setting rusher Emanuel Wilson in transfer portal|
|North Meck grad was 2019 CIAA top offensive rookie|
|Published Sunday, May 3, 2020 4:00 pm|
|FILE PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Johnson C. Smith redshirt freshman Emanuel Wilson, who was named CIAA offensive rookie of the year after rushing for 1,040 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019, has entered the transfer portal.|
Redshirt freshman Emanuel Wilson, who earned the CIAA offensive rookie of the year in 2019, has entered the transfer portal. As a result, any school can contact him about joining their program and Wilson would still have three years eligibility remaining after sitting out a season after transferring to a Division II or Division I school.
“Thank you for not only making me a better student athlete, but also a better person,” Wilson posted April 4 on his Twitter page. “With that been (sic) said, With a heavy heart I would like to announce that I will be transferring from Johnson C (sic) Smith University in hopes of finding a program that will help foster my education and allow my true potential as an individual and player that I can become.”
Wilson, who ran for 1,040 yards last year, including a school-record 265 yards against Benedict, is still enrolled at JCSU, said Golden Bulls coach Kermit Blount, who signed a one-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Blount said he’s talked with Wilson about sticking with JCSU, which went 4-6 last year, equaling their win total the previous two seasons.
“We’ve been having conversations back and forth,” Blount said. “I don’t know where it's going as of yet, so I'm just going to go with the flow, whatever it may be.”
Wilson, a North Mecklenburg High graduate, has not indicated where he’s headed or been contacted by other schools.
“No, not yet,” Blount said. “He’s still in his mind trying to figure out which way he wants to go.”
Losing Wilson would be a major blow for JCSU, which restructured its offense around the ground attack last year. Although slowed by a shoulder injury over the final three games, Wilson was one of the top rushers in Division II for most of the season and set school records for rushing touchdowns with 13, average per carry (6.5) and consecutive 100-yard games (four). The rest of the Golden Bulls accounted for 599 yards, led by sophomore Donnell Thompson, who ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Without Wilson, JCSU will have to either rely on the four returning running backs who remain from last year’s roster or, more likely, recruit one.
“We’re just going to move forward,” Blount said. “At this point if he decides he wants to stay, then that’s a plus for us. At the same time, we’re going to find another back. Plus, nothing's etched in stone yet and I’m just kind of waiting this out. He and I have been talking back and forth, so we'll figure it out as we go.”
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