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Decision time nears for Montour two-sport star

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Montour's Devin Wilson catches a touchdown pass in front of Central Valley's Curtis Lewis during the second quarter Friday October 7, 2011 in Robinson.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012, 11:44 p.m.


6-foot-3, 180 pounds, WR-CB, Montour

Devin Wilson has made one important decision about the future of his athletic career: The Montour football and basketball star won't play both sports in college.

“Akron says they would consider it, but I really don't want to play two sports,” said Wilson, who along with scholarship offers in both sports from the Zips has football offers from North Carolina State, Ohio and Temple, and Duquesne and James Madison in basketball.

“I just want to play one in college so I can really focus on my talent at one. I haven't really been able to do that. I want to show I can excel at one sport instead of training for both.”

Now he just has to choose which one.

Where his Spartans teammates Matt Barone and Tyler Haddock have changed their commitments to Temple — Barone from Connecticut, Haddock from Kent State — Wilson is having a hard time picking football over basketball. Or vice versa.

Wilson was the leading receiver in the WPIAL last fall for the Class AAA champions and the catalyst as point guard on Montour's PIAA Class AAA finalist.

“I just want to go to the best sport, which benefits me for the future, and the school which helps me be my best,” Wilson said. “It's hard to choose a sport. My mind changes all the time. That's why it's so hard to choose one.”

Wilson has sought advice from his brother, Christian, who played football at North Carolina, and Montour assistant coach Daren Tielsch, who played hoops at Penn State, Robert Morris and Edinboro. Wilson hopes to pick a sport by the end of the month. Then he can start to focus on choosing a college.

“I do believe that I'm blessed to have the opportunities to not only pick which sport I want to play but to pick a college,” Wilson said. “But it is really hard to choose one sport, then choose one school over the other schools.”

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