Jacob Wilton reflects on decision to return home to Colorado

Colorado State football’s most recent commitment is a local product that spent the fall at Fort Scott Community College, and is now returning home.

Jacob Wilton, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound center from Brighton High School (2018) originally committed to CSU but ended up going to the JUCO this route this fall for personal reasons. After visiting the program on Sept. 10 and witnessing the Rams dramatically defeat Arkansas, Wilton is thrilled to announce his commitment to the program roughly one month later.

“I was committed to play there coming out of high school, but a few things fell through with academics, so they have always had a special place in my heart,” Wilton said on Saturday. “CSU is the team that I have always dreamed of playing for since I was a little kid. When I had the opportunity (to commit), it was kind of a no-brainer for me.”

Wilton explained how his family attended multiple CSU games when he was growing up in Brighton and how some of his favorite football experiences as a child were attending the games against Colorado.

Along with his CSU roots, Wilton ultimately decided to commit to the local program because he had great admiration for the coaching staff. Wilton described CSU head football coach Mike Bobo as a really awesome coach and person. And he had high praise for offensive line coach Dave Johnson as well.

“He is just an extraordinary coach. I’ve never seen anybody like him,” Wilton said of Johnson. “His football IQ is really, really high.”

More than anything, WIlton is looking to prove himself after a humbling experience playing JUCO football in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, which is widely viewed as one of the best junior college leagues in the nation.

Wilton has seen fellow Colorado linemen like Zack Golditch and Jake Bennett have great success at CSU and he is hoping to carry on that legacy.

“It is a really special opportunity to me,” Wilton said. “I’m really thankful that the coaching staff gave me a second opportunity to come up there because it has always been my dream.”