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Stanford offers Orange junior Payton Wilson

Posted March 2

Payton Wilson (11) of Orange. The Orange Panthers host the Havelock Rams in the 2nd round of the NCHSAA football playoffs. The Havelock Rams come out on top in a close game, 14-7 Friday, Nov 25,  2016. 
(Photo By: Karl Fisher/HighSchoolOT.com)

— Orange’s Payton Wilson has received a scholarship offer from Stanford, the junior announced Thursday evening via Twitter.

He now holds 25 scholarship offers: Appalachian State, Auburn, UNC-Charlotte, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Maryland, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

On Feb. 21, Wilson announced that he narrowed his decision down to seven schools: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Wilson appeared on both sides of the ball for Orange last season, starting at outside linebacker and also seeing time at both wide receiver and running back.

The multi-faceted Wilson led the Panthers with 127 tackles – 39 for loss – 9.8 tackles per contest, and finished tied for second with 13 sacks.

Wilson also registered one interception, four passes defended and a blocked field goal in his junior campaign.

As a tailback, Wilson tallied 84 carries for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Wilson finished last season with a team-high nine yards per carry average and recorded three games of 100-plus rushing yards.

He also hauled in 13 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns and posted an average of 23.5 yards per catch.

Wilson led Orange with 100 total points and 16 touchdowns last season and ranked third with 1,061 all-purpose yards.

Payton Wilson Highlights

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