6:11 PM EST, January 6, 2012
Every Hokie fan knows David Wilson is a star in Blacksburg, but they may not know he's considered legendary in his hometown of Danville.
The word he's turning pro spread fast through the halls of his alma mater, George Washington High School in Danville.
"I don't think you can meet any better of a person than David Wilson," said GW's Principal Christopher Carter.
He was a standout from the get-go. Not only where his manners noticed, but he dressed the part of a serious student.
Carter says he wore a shirt and tie to school everyday. His true calling however was on this field, number 20. Coaches say he was a true standout with a signature move.
"He just enjoyed playing football, he was always in a good mood at practice running around doing back-flips," said one of his high school football coaches Brad Lopez.
He did back-flips regularly. Wilson's flexibility and strength were first-class. He beat weightlifting records at G-W; his name still on the wall.
Though his successes have made him a star, he'll always be the well dressed young man they knew years ago.
But those successes extend the hallways of GW. In 2005, he went on a missions trip with Mount Vernon United Methodist Church to the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina hit.
The church asked local athletes at area high schools to go with the church youth group to rebuild houses and support people in the devastation.
The you director, Beth Bauman says Wilson was superhuman during the trip.
"One time I remember in Mississippi he jumped off the roof onto the ground on two feet. He landed on two feet; picked up a huge wheelbarrow full that we had taken off the roof and just lifted that and walked up a ramp and dumped them in a dump truck," Bauman said.
She says Wilson went on several other mission trips with the church and was the "go to" guy for any heavy lifting.
"I look forward to seeing him play NFL in the future, hopefully with the Indianapolis Colts, but if not the Washington Redskins will do," Carter said.
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