|Hometown:||Merritt Island, Fla.|
|High School:||Merritt Island Senior H.S.|
|Major:||Enrolled at Columbia College|
A 2017 graduate of Merritt Island Senior High School in Merritt Island, Fla., where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Jeff McLean … Named to the Florida All-State team … Earned First Team All-Cape Coast Conference and All-District honors … Five-time team defensive player of the week honoree … Over his three-year varsity career as a defensive end, totaled 171 tackles (104 solo), 14 sacks for 100 yards, recovered five fumbles, forced four fumbles, deflected three passes and blocked two field goals while leading the Mustangs to a 25-11 three-year record and two district titles … Guided the Mustangs to a 7-3 overall record and 4-1 Cape Coast record as a senior … As a senior in 2016, recorded 72 tackles (37 solo), seven sacks for 59 yards, forced one fumble and blocked two field goals … Three-year varsity starter … Named captain as a senior … Registered back-to-back sacks that changed the game against Titusville … Finished with 69 total tackles (45 solo), six tackles for loss, three sacks and recovered three fumbles as a junior … Also competed in track and field as a sprinter in the 100-meters (11.24), 200-meters (23.25) and 400-meters (54.02) … Named track and field team captain … National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars member … Earned “All-A’s” and World History Honors Award … Awarded with the Robin O’Connor Spirit Leadership Award … Named to the Cape Coast Conference Student Leadership Team … Also has volunteered extensively with the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center, NHS Tutoring program and Relay for Life.
Born Ashton Cooper Wilson on January 6, 1999 … Son of Jeffrey Wilson and Brinn Leach-Wilson … Father attended Liberty University on a football scholarship (1978-83) … Hobbies and interests include trap and skeet shooting, karting, golfing and surfing … Third degree blackbelt in Taekwondo and is registered with the International Taekwondo Federation … Goes by the first name of Cooper … Nickname is “Coop” … Interested in pursuing engineering as a career and major … Chose Columbia because of the world-class education, great opportunities, the campus, the coaches and surrounding New York City community … Committed to Columbia University on August 8, 2016 … Also considered offers from Cornell, Florida Atlantic, Lafayette, Tusculum, Valdosta State, Stetson, West Florida, Davidson and Kent State … Enrolled at Columbia College.