Former MAC Freshman of the Year Jaime Wilson, who broke his ankle in the preseason and redshirted the 2013 season, will transfer from Western Michigan to be "closer to home," according to Broncos coach P.J. Fleck.
Wilson was a Rivals' three-star recruit out of Belle Glade, Fla. He was an All-America returner during his freshman season in 2012. He also compiled 67 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns. Fleck considered the broken ankle in 2013 a "freaky accident," and Wilson was initially expected to miss two-plus months.
But Western Michigan went 1-11 last season. With the season all but lost, a redshirt made sense. The Broncos struggled to score all year, averaging just 17.2 points per game and ranking 120th in offensive S&P+ via Football Outsiders.
“He missed home, especially with being injured,” Fleck said. “He gave it a few more months after the year and he came to me with tears in his eyes and asked if I could help him become a better father. That’s the price of making Western Michigan not as good, but making his life better and that’s why I’m the head football coach here and that’s why we made the decision to help him in this situation to become a better father and be there in his daughter’s life.”
The Glades Central High product will have two years of eligibility left after sitting out a year. If he stays close to home, The Sun Sentinel's Dieter Kurtenbach expects there to be a lot of interest.
Wilson was the 2012 the MAC Freshman of the year. He’ll have 2 years of eligibility. FAU, FIU, USF and UCF would be dumb to not pursue.
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) February 10, 2014
Wake is a very real contender MT “@dkurtenbach: WMU WR Jaime Wilson has left to be ‘closer to home’. If eligible, expect a transfer war.”Western Michigan's 2014 recruiting class ranked 60th overall, above schools like Iowa, Cincinnati, Boise State and Northwestern. That is partly due to the large number of players the Broncos are bringing in (28). The class includes three-star wide receiver Jay Harris from Exton, Penn.
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) February 10, 2014