Jaime Wilson

2012 MAC Freshman of the Year transferring to Bethune-Cookman

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According to Bruce Feldman, Jaime Wilson — who announced he’d transfer from Western Michigan back in February — is heading to FCS-level Bethune-Cookman to be closer to his 5-year-old daughter.

Wilson earned MAC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012, reeling in 67 catches for 792 yards and six touchdowns while also succeeding as a punt returner. But he broke his ankle and missed the entire 2013 season, though stuck around the program after deciding to transfer so he could finish out the semester and work as a student assistant with the team.

Bethune-Cookman, located in Daytona Beach, Fla., is about a three hour drive south from his hometown of Belle Glade, Fla., so he’ll be able to be around his daughter far more often than when he was over 1,000 miles away in Kalamazoo, Mich.

“It was a tough decision to leave, but really when it came down to it, I had to think about my daughter’s future and me being in her life,” Wilson told Feldman.

2012 MAC Frosh of the Year leaving WMU

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A broken ankle in mid-August cost Western Michigan its best wide receiver for the entire 2013 season.  Now, a transfer will cost the Broncos the same player for the remainder of his playing career.

WMU head coach P.J. Fleck confirmed to mlive.com Monday morning that Jaime Wilson has decided to transfer out of the football program.  The coach cited the Belle Glade, Fla., product’s desire to be closer to home as the impetus for the decision.

Specifically, Wilson wanted to be closer to his young daughter.

“He missed home, especially with being injured,” Fleck said. “He gave it a few more months after the year and he came to me with tears in his eyes and asked if I could help him become a better father.

“That’s the price of making Western Michigan not as good, but making his life better and that’s why I’m the head football coach here and that’s why we made the decision to help him in this situation to become a better father and be there in his daughter’s life.”

Programs such as FAU, FIU, UCF and USF could be very appealing destinations given their proximity to his hometown.

As a true freshman in 2012, Wilson led the team in receptions (67), receiving yards (792) and receiving touchdowns (six). He was the first true freshman in the program’s history to lead the team in those categories.

Following the season, he was named as the MAC’s Freshman of the Year.

Season for WMU’s best WR officially ends

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One of the best young wide receivers in the country, Jaime Wilson, suffered a broken ankle during summer camp and has yet to see the field this season.

Western Michigan’s hope was that Wilson would return at some point in 2013. Unfortunately, that hope has been officially dashed.

It was confirmed Tuesday that, because of the ankle break and a rehab that’s not gone as hoped, Wilson will be sidelined for the entirety of the 2013 season. The sophomore will take a medical redshirt for this season and retain three years of eligibility.

As to where Wilson is in the recovery process, mlive.com writes that “Wilson had been using a rolling knee walker until recently when he started making his way around practice in just a walking boot.”

As a true freshman in 2012, Wilson led the team in receptions (67), receiving yards (792) and receiving touchdowns (six). He was the first true freshman in the program’s history to lead the team in those categories.

Following the season, he was named as the MAC’s Freshman of the Year.