‘I can’t imagine what he’s going through’
LARAMIE -- Despite the chaos surrounding him, Trevor Wilson can't lie -- he's been checking his cell phone.
As the Associate Commissioner of the Wyoming High School Athletics Association, his task is to spend the weekend inside a cram-packed Casper Events Center at the state wrestling tournament. More than 1,200 miles away, in an all-but-empty Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, his son is preparing for the biggest job interview of his life.
It's a helpless feeling for Trevor, but he's grown used to that.
"I'm obviously nervous, but he's going to do fine. There's nothing I can do about it," Trevor said about his son, Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson, who is taking part in the annual NFL Combine. "It's like when I watched him play football, I can't do anything about it. I can't imagine what he's going through."
A three-time captain at UW, Logan tallied 409 tackles during his four seasons in Laramie. He picked off 10 passes, scored a pair of touchdowns and brought down ball carriers in the backfield to the tune of 34.5 tackles for loss.
The Casper product book-ended his career with All-American nods. He was a constant on postseason awards list. After a senior season that saw him rack up 105 tackles, he was even a finalist for the Butkus Award. That goes to the best linebacker in the nation.
To think, he arrived on campus in 2014 as a skinny defensive back from Natrona County High School.
Now, scouts and media types are saying he could be selected anywhere from the second round to the sixth round of this April's NFL Draft.
His dad, again, can't lie.
He sometimes pinches himself.
"His whole career he has gone above and beyond expectations," Trevor said. "As a dad, I thought he was good enough to play. But to start every single game since he was a freshman in high school and now dealing with NFL agents since June -- Who would've thought?"
Logan's mother, Carla Weiler-Wilson, is also dealing with plenty of nerves this weekend.
Logan has been in Indy since Tuesday. Like some sort of model on a runway, NFL types have been poking, prodding and watching his every move. The measurements are in -- Logan is 6-feet, 2-inches (and 1/8) tall and weighed in at 241 pounds. His arms, hands and wingspan have all met the mark, too. Like with most NFL hopefuls, plenty is riding on Logan's 40-yard dash time.
Saturday, he will hit the turf for his on-field workouts -- and that all-important sprint -- which can be seen by a national television audience on NFL Network.
Weiler-Wilson admits her mind is with her son, but added she is confident in the outcome.
"I am only nervous in terms of wanting him to do his absolute best, like I know he will," she said. "But, other than that, I really am not that nervous. I know that he will end up exactly where God wants him to be."
Logan has already met with four NFL teams, according to his father. One of those, the Dallas Cowboys, was announced on Twitter Thursday by Tom Downey, host of Cowboys Report.
That's yet another reason Trevor constantly checks his phone.
"Social media will know before me," he laughed.
And if he doesn't find the information himself, someone is sure to tell him. That, he said has been a constant this weekend as he strolls around the Casper Events Center this weekend.
"I get a lot of people asking whats going on," he said. "Someone will say they saw something on Twitter. That's the cool thing though, we have great people in our state who support him. It's been an awesome ride."
The on-field accomplishments are one thing, the character of the field has been completely different.
Logan's demeanor never seems to change. Whether his team just knocked off Border War rival Colorado State or dropped a heart breaker in San Diego, he has the gift of keeping things in perspective. Logan constantly talks about his faith and the family that raised him to be modest.
He never forgot where he came from. That was apparent in a text he sent earlier this month while training in San Ramon, California.
"That's what makes Wyoming so special," Logan wrote, referring to the fan support behind his course to professional football. "It'll always be my home and I can't wait to represent Wyoming the right way in this next part of my journey."
Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl often talked about the ambassador Logan was for his program. The football part spoke for itself, Bohl was referring to the angle of a Wyoming kid making good.
Weiler-Wilson, like Bohl also tends to focus on the man her son has become more so than the football star.
"I can not truly put into words how proud I am of him," his mother said. "First and foremost, proud of the young man he has become. His humility humbles me. I feel like his accomplishments on the field are a bonus to the person he is off the field."
His father echoed those sentiments.
"I'm obviously proud of what he's done, but the best things are the compliments I get on the things he does off the field," he said. "He's thankful to be from Wyoming, and the way he carries himself is the coolest thing. Being a three-time captain and all the on-the-field things are great, but it's the other stuff I'm most proud of."
Trevor said roughly 20 family members and friends will travel to Las Vegas for draft weekend April 23-25. He rented out a house -- A big one -- to accommodate the hopeful celebration that could take place.
It's one step at a time for this family. Performing well in Indianapolis is the next box to check.
No matter what happens, Trevor said, he is simply praying for the best.
"It's been a lot more texting," he said of communicating with his son this week. "I try to leave him alone. He knows what he has to do. He works hard and whatever happens, happens."
The pressure has to mounting though, right?
"The pressure is on him," he said. "I can't do anything but support and love him."