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Recruiting: California QB Tanner Wilson picks Army

Tanner Wilson followed some advice from his high school coach as he experienced his Army football visit in early June.

Wilson was told by Sunnyside (Calif.) co-head coach and offensive coordinator Gordon Wood that once the quarterback checked out West Point in person, he wouldn’t want to call any other place home.

“(He) was right,” Wilson said Tuesday after posting his Army commitment. “It’s home.”

Wilson said Army coaches made him, “feel like a priority from the day they offered me.” Defensive line coach Sean Cronin, Wilson’s recruiter, spoke with him on the daily and “opened up my eyes how successful I can be at West Point,” during the assistant’s spring high school visit.

“Once coach (Cody) Worley, (Army quarterback coach and offensive coordinator) and (head) coach Jeff Monken got involved there was no reason to go anywhere else. Meetings (during the visit) with them went so well I knew that was home.”

Wilson, who has totaled 11,000 career yards (rushing and passing) and accounted for more than 140 touchdowns in his first three years as a starter, has one quarterback quality that can’t be taught – the ability to win. Sunnyside has won more than 30 games in his three-year career. Wilson, who is 6-foot-1 and 182 pounds, has played quarterback since the day he first put on pads and a helmet in third grade.

“Ugly or pretty, the most important stat is the ‘W’ or the ‘L’ so you need that winning mentality,” said Wilson, whose favorite NFL quarterbacks are Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.

Wilson, who has ran a spread and “gunslinger” offense at Sunnyside that has included up to 50 or more dropbacks in a game, said he loves what Worley, Army’s first-year coordinator, has planned for the present and future with more under-center snaps than last season.

“After offensive meetings, maybe the Xs and Os of things aren’t too similar to what we run at Sunnyside, but the preparation for the defense they’re playing that week is very similar,” said Wilson, who committed to Worley and Army on July 5. “Finding ways to expose the defense each week is just as important and I feel we do the same here at Sunnyside.”

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