Williamsport grad signs arena football contract

January 05, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Former Williamsport High School football player Kyle Wilson has signed a professional contract with the Tulsa Talons - an arenafootball2 League team - but still hasn't ruled out a return to a European grid squad.

The 25-year-old Wilson, a recent graduate of Averett University in Danville, Va., took time off from school last year to travel to Solingen, Germany, to play in the German European league for the Paladins. He appeared in one playoff game after joining the team late in the season.

Wilson left town Friday to begin sessions with a personal trainer on the West Coast before reporting to camp in Tulsa in March.

"This should be an exciting year,'' the Maugansville native said before leaving for the West Coast. "I got a Sports Management degree from Averett in December and now I'm ready to take another step as far as my football career is concerned.


"(The Talons) are looking at me as a wide receiver and linebacker. But I also have a couple of teams in Germany who have offered me contracts. I'm still undecided at this point."

Both leagues begin regular-season play in the spring.

Wilson said his short stay in Solingen was a great experience for him.

"It's surprising how similar the game is, " Wilson said. "It's exactly the same rules as we use here. We played in a soccer stadium, it probably seated about 3,500 fans. Not many people get a chance to play the game they love and get paid for it."

Wilson says two American players are allowed on each European team. He was a running back in Solingen - the same position he played at Averett.

"I'm willing to play any position on the next level but I prefer running back," Wilson said.

Wilson was an all-star running back just two years ago at Division III Averett. He recorded 3,046 total rushing yards on 587 career carries, scoring 33 touchdowns.

He made the USA South All-Conference team three times - including a first-team selection in 2005.

Also in 2005, he was selected to the All-Region team and the Football Gazette All-American Second Team.

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