West Rusk junior linebacker Tyree Wilson is starting to pick up more steam with his recruitment.

On Thursday, he reported on Twitter that Southern Miss became the fifth Division I FBS program to offer him.

Wilson (6-5, 225) is currently committed to Washington State. He also holds invitations from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, and Texas State.

Wilson was a force on West Rusk’s Class 3A Division II bi-district team last season. He made 68 solo tackles, including 13 for loss, and assisted six other tackles in 11 games as part of a linebacking corps that cannibalized each other’s stats.

In addition to 74 total tackles, Wilson forced two fumbles and returned one interception 34 yards for a touchdown.

The Southern Miss program, located in Hattiesburg, Miss., simultaneously reached a bowl game for the second consecutive season under first-year coach Jay Hopson. It went 6-6 through the regular season and won the New Orleans Bowl while representing Conference USA against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Hopson seems to have an affinity for East Texas players. His staff also is interested in obtaining Tyler Lee quarterback Chance Amie, Pleasant Grove linebacker Xaiver Benson, Marshall guard Chasen Hines, Texas High receiver Tevailance Hunt, Arp safety DeMarvion Overshown and sophomore Pittsburg receiver Keaonte Burns.

Hopson joined Southern Miss after four seasons as head coach at Alcorn State. He won first place in the East Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference in both of his final two seasons.

Southern Miss boasts eight conference banners and has produced 78 All-Americans in its 104-year history of competitive football.

Wilson, like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February of 2018.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, ULL (5)
  • Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tulane, ULL, Virginia (12)
  • Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offers from Army, North Texas, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM (7)
  • Drake Centers, Tatum, OL, 6-4, 295 — offer from Texas State (1)
  • Kris Dike, Van, OL, 6-6, 283 — offers from Houston, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU (4)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-2, 215 — offers from Houston, Mississippi State, Texas State, ULL (4)
  • Trae Hall, Henderson, QB/ATH, 6-3, 185 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Conner Henson, Harmony, OL, 6-4, 250 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL, 6-3, 340 — committed to LSU; additional offers from Arizona, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Rice, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech (16)
  • Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — committed to Kansas; additional offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall University, Nevada, North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulsa (10)
  • Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, UTSA (27)
  • Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 5-8, 165 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
  • DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, UTSA (29)
  • Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore, WR, 6-3, 196 — offers from Colorado State, Kansas State, ULM (3)
  • Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — committed to Washington State; additional offers from Southern Miss, Texas State, ULL, ULM (5)