After an impressive senior season that brought more recruiting attention, Phoebus defensive end Mark Wilson took back his commitment to Old Dominion and now plans to attend Cincinnati.

Wilson (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) had committed to the Monarchs in July following Coach Bobby Wilder’s camp. Wilson's earlier offers included Northern Illinois, Illinois and Maryland.

“A lot of big-time schools started contacting me, and I didn’t want to just shut them out,” Wilson said. “I wanted to look at the schools. I took official (visits) to N.C. State and Cincinnati, and it came down to Cincinnati.

“Old Dominion understood. They didn’t pressure me by making me feel bad or down-grading me. It was all taken well.”

Wilson said Cincinnati offered around mid-September. He gave his commitment to Bearcats assistant Robert Prunty, the former head coach at Hargrave Military Academy, who paid an in-home visit to Wilson on Wednesday.

Wilson finished his senior season with 22 sacks and 10 forced fumbles and was named first-team All-Peninsula District.

Cincinnati, a member of the Big East, is coming off a 10-3 season which ended with a win over Duke in the Belk Bowl. It was the Bearcats’ fifth 10-win season in six seasons.

Wilson said he has been told he will be given a chance to play as a true freshman.

“They recruited me as a weak-side defensive end — they call it the Leo position,” he said. “They’re telling me I probably won’t redshirt because the guy starting left for the draft and the guy behind him is having surgery.”