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Wilson’s ‘heart’ belongs to college

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Ex-Dakota Ridge ace turns down offer from Phillies, going to Santa Clara

By Michael Hicks

Steven Wilson, who was drafted last month in the 35th round of the amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, turned down an offer to play for the organization on July 12.
Wilson, who was attending orientation at Santa Clara University, was offered a $200,000 signing bonus and $180,000 for schooling by the Phillies. But the 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-hander, who signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Broncos earlier this year, was set on playing at the collegiate level.
“My heart was with Santa Clara. They kept bumping up the offer, (but) I was so in love with SC that the money didn’t really matter,” Wilson said via text message. “I wanted to be a Bronco. If I had taken the offer then I would have never been able to play college baseball. If I declined then I could play college and then hopefully professionally in three years. This way I will have no regrets.”
Wilson went 7-1 with a 2.66 earned run average for Dakota Ridge during the 2012 high school season.
He was the 1,088th overall selection by Philadelphia in the 40-round draft on June 6. Twenty-seven of 30 teams sent questionnaires to Wilson. Besides the Phillies, the Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were considered the teams most interested in him, Wilson said.