Mojo Running Back Runs Forward to College 2/4/13
CBS7 Sports Director
In two years, Jorrion Wilson amassed 3,050 total yards of offense for the panthers' football team.
But, for the Permian running back, only one number matters: 4, as in point-0, his GPA.
It is the combination of those statistics that has made Jorrion a very hot commodity in college recruiting.
This is how many people know Jorrion: black or white jersey, football helmet, running past defenders to the Promised Land.
"I'm blessed," he said. "God has given me some talents and I try to make the most of them."
But it's Jorrion's other talents: singer, student and faithful Christian, that really makes him special.
"My GPA is a 4.0...that means straight A's," Jorrion shared. "I'm in black magic, a pop singing group at Permian, FCA and church."
For Jorrion, football isn't about the NFL. It's about becoming a professional in life.
"It's a ticket to school, and I enjoy playing the game so it's almost like a business. I play ball and do my best at a high level and then they help me with school."
Now, thanks to his accomplishments, Jorrion has been presented with an incredible opportunity: Harvard University has extended an offer to him to play football.
"It was really exciting! It didn't seem as real until they were here to talk to Coach Gaines and myself. And then it was like, 'Woah! This is for real!'"
"We have been very blessed that he's been even invited to go there," said Jorrion's mother, Paula Wilburn. "We know it is Ivy League and one of the top schools in the nation."
Still, Harvard doesn't come cheap…even for athletes.
"Harvard is different because they don't offer scholarship full scholarship," said Jorrion. "They do financial aid on need-based. So instead of having a full ride to other schools, it's we'll give you some money, but not all of it. You have to pay something."
I looked up the Harvard tuition amount on their Web site. The estimated cost of tuition, room and board without financial aid is $54,496.
"It'll just depend on that packet and how much we have to pay," his mother said. "And of course that has to be one of the considerations when coming from a single-parent home."
Jorrion is considering all the factors in front of him when it comes to making his decision. When it comes down to it, he wants a place that feels like home and helps him with his goals.
"I actually want to study political science and become an attorney. Eventually, branch off into politics and run for some offices."
And in the end, Jorrion knows he is not having to make this decision alone.
"My motto is 'G3: Give God Glory.' No matter what is going on in your life, whether things are good or bad, just give Him glory. He has a plan for all of our lives."
Jorrion is also considering Fordham University and Angelo State University.
He will make his decision on Wednesday.