NY Jets, Shaq Wilson, South Carolina, DL Coach
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The New York Jets have hired South Carolina’s Shaq Wilson to be their new defensive line assistant coach

After losing Greg Scruggs to Wisconsin, the New York Jets didn’t take long to find their new defensive line assistant coach. ESPN’s Rich Cimini has reported that the team will be hiring South Carolina’s Shaq Wilson to fill the coaching vacancy.

Wilson was a defensive analyst at South Carolina, but he had been with the university for years, even as a player.

In 2008, Wilson signed with South Carolina as a three-star prospect out of First Coast High School in Florida. Wilson spent five years playing linebacker for the Gamecocks, eventually being named a team captain in his senior year in 2012.

Following his playing career, Wilson remained with the Gamecocks as a graduate assistant. He was given the defensive quality control coordinator position in 2014, before being promoted to assistant director of recruiting in 2016. In 2017, Wilson became assistant director of player personnel.

Wilson left the Gamecocks for a three-year stint with the Tennessee Volunteers, where he would become the assistant director of football sports performance, before returning to South Carolina as a defensive analyst.

For the Jets, I think the hiring of Wilson is quite shrewd. Having an assistant coach with ties to recruiting, player personnel, and sports performance can help give the team an extra set of eyes where it matters most.

On top of that, it’s impossible not to root for a guy who’s truly put in the work to get to where he is now. That type of hunger doesn’t just fuel the competitive drive for players, but it can create excellent coaches as well.

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Thomas Christopher is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, big fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]yahoo.com
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