UPDATE: WRAL’s Jeff Gravely tweeted out a response from NC State on Payton Wilson’s health that Joe Giglio reported on yesterday.
Official word from @PackFootball on freshman LB Payton Wilson. “Payton reinjured his knee off campus over a month ago and underwent surgery. He has already begun the rehab process and the athletic training staff expects him to make a full recovery.”
— Jeff Gravley (@jgravleyWRAL) July 10, 2018
According to Joe Giglio of the News & Observer, incoming NC State freshman Payton Wilson is likely to redshirt the 2018 season due to a setback in his rehabilitation from a torn ACL.
Wilson tore his ACL during the opening kickoff of the 9th game of his Senior season at Orange High last season. He was on pace for a monster season. In fact, what he accomplished in 8 games would be a monster season for most, racking up 103 tackles and 10 sacks before the injury. As a result, Wilson was a U.S. Army All-American, and was nominated for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year Award (only 16 nominees).
It wasn’t a guarantee that Wilson was going to play as a true Freshman, but if he had remained healthy, he might have been too talented to keep off of the field, especially with NC State losing both of their starting linebackers from last season.
Wilson was the #39 overall in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports, and the 12th best Wolfpack commit since 1999 according to their database.
Even though the setback is unfortunate, Wilson can completely focus on being at full strength for his redshirt Freshman season in 2019.