UTSA entered the mid-major college football arms race this evening by extending a salary offer to LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson. Football Scoop has reported that the deal will likely be solidified this evening which aligns with UTSA expressing desire to hire a head coach by the start of the weekend.
Wilson is a dynamite recruiter and fantastic running backs coach from LSU. A New Orleans native, Wilson has won recruiter of the year awards from three different publications in three separate years. The Tigers currently boast the nation's top recruiting class for 2016.
Before his time at LSU, Wilson spent a year as a receivers coach under Lane Kiffin at Tennessee, a year at Southern Miss as a running backs coach and recruiting coordinator, and two years at Ole Miss as a running backs coach.
Despite it coming at the high school ranks, Wilson has head coaching experience. Wilson changed the lives of many students during his three year stint at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans. Through his three years at O. Perry, Wilson helped 22 of his student-athletes earn college educations through athletic scholarships. Wilson also spent three years as an assistant coach at Louisana powerhouse Edna Karr High School.
The list of running backs that Wilson has tutored is quite impressive: Leonard Fournette, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Stevan Ridley, Jeremy Hill.
Given Wilson's monumental recruiting success and his ability to guide his running backs to great success, it's hard to imagine UTSA making a better hire. While Wilson doesn't have DI coordinator or head coaching experience, he vastly surpasses reasonable expectations in so many areas and will certainly energize UTSA's fanbase.
With dead period having ended today, Wilson will likely hit the ground running on the recruiting trail as he works to build his staff. One name to look out for will be Jeff Grimes-- the UTEP alum is overdue for his first offensive coordinator position if UTSA is able to reach his salary demands. Be sure to check back for more reaction and news as it becomes available.
Edit: This report has been independently confirmed twice.
Sources close to the situation tell me Frank Wilson will be UTSA's next head coach— Don Harris (@DonHarris4) January 15, 2016
Told I can confirm @FootballScoop report that UTSA is hiring LSU assistant Frank Wilson. "All done but the signatures" is what I was told.— Mike Craven (@CravenMike) January 15, 2016
Wilson is set to make $750,000 per year.
Sources say Wilson will make about $750,000 per year at UTSA— Don Harris (@DonHarris4) January 15, 2016