College Spotlight: Jefferson alum Dontae Wilson eyes starting role after solid freshman season
It seems like yesterday that Jefferson alum and defensive tackle, Dontae Wilson, was punishing opposing offenses to the tune of 74 tackles and 13 for loss and six sacks during his senior 2016 season.
Fast forward a year, and he was doing more of the same as a true freshman backup nose guard at Georgia State University, tallying 24 tackles – five for loss – and four sacks as well as a forced fumble for the Panthers. That success has him primed to earn a starting spot in 2018 after the departure of the senior he backed up last year.
The 6’0″, 275-lb defensive dominator also proves to be an intimidating factor when lining up against opposing offensive lines.
Wilson’s four sacks tied for the team lead, and was just one shy of the GSU freshman record. His play helped the Panthers defense set records for fewest points per game allowed (24.75), fewest rushing yards per game (136.4), fewest yards per rushing attempt (4.13) and most sacks (24). His forced fumble came on the road at #5-ranked Penn State, and his fourth sack came in the AutoNation Cure Bowl win over Western Kentucky, which also helped the Panthers set a school record by allowing a net of minus-2 yards rushing.
Wilson is also getting it done in the classroom, as he was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in Fall 2017.
Wilson was a two-time All-State defensive lineman at Jefferson, and a 2016 Class 4A first-team All-State honoree by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and second-team by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. He earned Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year honors that senior 2016 season as well. He was also named Honorable Mention All-State in Class 3A by the Georgia Sportwriters Association as a junior (2015), and in total was a three-time First Team All-Region selection.