DeMarkus ‘D.J.’ Wilson a 3-sport problem for future Tilghman opponents @DJWilson_24pt @coachthomp9 @pths_football @840WHAS @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank

DeMarkus "D.J." Wilson, Tilghman's splendid sophomore RB

’26 RB/LB a three (3) sport athlete and superstar footballer

DeMarkus “D.J.” Wilson is a superstar in the making who may have already arrived. Wilson is 5’10,” and weighs 190-pounds; plays football, wrestles, and runs track; led a 13-1, 4A football team in rushing yards (1,054), carries (138), rushing TDs (14) while finishing among the leaders in scoring (96-points). That is all pretty dad-burn good for a sophomore. Sooner or later his defensive position of LBer will get thrown in there. Won’t that be fun for future opponents?

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Hudl Highlights

DeMarkus Wilson prefers to go by “D.J.” The way he plays, Mr. Wilson would seem entirely appropriate.

Wilson is a load, as Tilghman opponents learned in ’23. Wilson, a 5’10,” 190-pounder, gained over one-thousand yards (1,054) in 138-carries as a sophomore in ’23. Wilson averaged 7.75-yards per carry and scored a TD every 9.86-rushing attempts.

Wilson swung out of the backfield and caught 15-passes for 155-yards and 2-TDs. Wilson scored 96-points on the year to finish fourth (4th) on the team in that all-important, statistical category.

Paducah finished 13-1 on the year, losing a heart breaker on the road to 4A finalist, Covington Catholic. Trust me, the Blue Tornado faithful will relate Paducah had plenty of opportunity to win that semifinal game.

Along the way, the 4A powerhouse turned in some mighty fine work. Paducah beat 2A champion, Mayfield, for the first time in 17-years. Paducah beat an 8-4, 5A team in Graves County.

Paducah beat the 6A, first-district, regular season champion, in Henderson County. Finally, The Blue Tornado annihilated a 4A, first district power in Logan County (8-4), 63-20.

The Blue Tornado returns [in '24] Martels Carter, one of the top-ranked athletes in Kentucky's '25 graduating class; Jack James, a '25 QB who threw for over 4,000-yards as a junior and 56-TDs against only 6-picks; and, of course, D.J. Wilson

Friday Night Fletch

Paducah Tilghman figures to be back next year, challenging for the title. The Blue Tornado returns Martels Carter, one of the top-ranked athletes in Kentucky’s ’25 graduating class; Jack James, a ’25 QB who threw for over 4,000-yards as a junior and 56-TDs against only 6-picks; and, of course, D.J. Wilson, who will be entering his junior year in the Fall of ’24.

Junior seasons are very important to college football prospects. Your top prospects emerge and perform well the junior year to set themselves up for the summer between the junior and senior seasons, a.k.a. offer-season!

There are plenty of suitors monitoring Wilson. These college recruiters will be far from alone.

Kentucky opponents who have Tilghman on the schedule are going to monitor this prospect’s development. Many will discover a problem or impediment standing between their team and its chances for success on that particular Friday Night.

That problem will be a running back, perhaps doubling some at LBer, named D.J. Wilson. You might want to write this down somewhere.

This is Friday Night Fletch, reporting for KPGFootball, 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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