DAVID WILSON, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants with the 32nd overall pick.
The former Virginia star running back rushed for 427 yards and eight touchdowns on 33 carries to lead Team USA to three straight victories and the gold medal at the International Federation of American Football tournament played in Canton, Ohio three years ago. This summer eight nations, including defending champion USA, will compete in Austin Texas from June 30-July 7 for the 2012 Under-19 world championship.
“The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I’m like, ‘They probably won’t pick me,’ ” said Wilson, who did not attend the 2012 NFL Draft ceremony in New York City on Thursday night. “I get the New Jersey call and I start sweating then start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. Best call I’ve got in a long time.”
Wilson was named ACC Player of the Year and second-team All-America after rushing for a school-record 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season as a full-time starter. He also became the only athlete in Virginia Tech history to earn All-America status in both football and track and field. Last spring, he finished sixth in the country in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships.
“This young man was attractive to us for many reasons,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “Obviously his speed, you have a 4.4 running back. “He has great energy when you speak to him. He is knowledgeable. He presents himself very, very well.
“He’s the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present situation in terms of the big play potential. He’s one of the guys that has the speed and maneuverability to make the big play and that’s what was very important to us at this time. We were fortunate in that the players that we had set aside were all of need, need positions, and this guy was the highest rated.”
Wilson’s successors on Team USA will join the best players aged 19 and under from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Sweden and Panama when they contest the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship this summer in Austin.