Demarcus (DJ) Wilson, from Paducah Tilghman High, is the @1776Bank Revolutionary Player of the Week @DJWilson_24 @Jarvisstrick14 @pths_football @jimmy_mooney23 @CouchStoutUTM @coachthomp9 @coachstarks25 @minguabeefjerky @840WHAS @KyHighFootball

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Tilghman ’26 RB looking to bring title back to Paducah, Kentucky

We have been focusing on versatility this offseason. DJ Wilson fits the bill perfectly. In addition to being a football star (over a 1,000-yard rusher as a sophomore on a 13-1, 4A ball club), Wilson also is a wrestler and track athlete. Wilson returns to help lead a ball club loaded with talent the likes of Martel Carter and Jarvis Strickland. This will be a club to watch as we enter the ’24 season.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Wilson Hudl Highlights


KHSAA Statistical Website

There is no better time than the present to anoint another Independence Bank, Revolutionary Player of the Week. Independence Bank is proud to sponsor a weekly article highlighting players in the areas where Independence Bank flourishes.

The players and athletes we feature embody the same type of revolutionary service to their respective football teams which has made Independence Bank unique and special in the banking industry. Enjoy this feature and don’t forget to get by your local Independence Bank and discover why and how our people, financial products, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry.

Today we honor a ’25 LB/DE many, around the commonwealth, believe to be the very best second level prospect in the western-Kentucky area. This week’s recipient had an incredibly productive junior season for a team which challenged till the end for 4A supremacy. This is one of our favorite players in western Kentucky. Today we honor DJ Wilson, ’26 RB, from Paducah, Kentucky’s Tilghman High.  

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Paducah Tilghman is located just down the road from today’s featured branch. We are featuring the branch located on Jefferson Square, 3143 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY 42001.

Jefferson Square, Paducah

Get on by the Paducah area locations today and see our friends. Learn why Independence Bank‘s products, people, and services have started a revolution in the Kentucky banking industry. 

Demarcus “DJ” Wilson had an incredible year running the ball for Puducah’s “Blue Tornado” as only a sophomore in 2023. Tilghman High finished 13-1 and looked, for much of the year, as a team fated to take home another title.

Wilson scored 14 rushing TDs. Wilson was among the team leaders in “scoring.”

Wilson was effective swinging out of the backfield. On the year, Wilson caught 15-balls, two of which were for TDs, for 155-yards receiving or slightly over 10-yards per reception.

In ’23, DJ Wilson rushed for more than a thousand yards (1,054) and scored 14-rushing TDs

KSHAA statistical website

Wilson is 5’10,” 190-pounds and is a three (3) sport athlete. In addition to football, Wilson is a varsity wrestler and competes on the track team. He has finished in the top-10, Kentucky wide, in both wrestling and track.

Wilson, as a sophomore, gained more than a thousand yards from scrimmage (1,054). He carried the football 138-times, and scored a TD a little less than every 10th-carry.

Wilson averaged 7.64-yards per carry. Playing teams like McCracken (6A), Graves County (5A), Mayfield (2A, ’23 Champion), Henderson County (6A) and the 4A teams in-district, like Logan County, make that per-carry average even more impressive.

Wilson’s performance over his sophomore year and the one we know he will render in ’24, is (and will be) well deserving of this week’s recognition from the fastest growing bank in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our friends at Independence Bank. 

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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