Things didn't go as planned when defensive end Reggie Wilson left Haltom High School in 2010 for the University of Texas.
His college football career was disappointing at best for the former five-star recruit. He never broke into the starting lineup and finished with three career sacks in four years.
Wilson, who joined the Cowboys' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis Saturday, still has hopes of playing in the NFL, but it took a back seat to him his graduation ceremony this weekend.
He may not have left Texas as a football star, but he did leave with a degree. It was so important that Williams shunned an offer for a tryout with the Saints at their rookie minicamp. The Cowboys were more accommodating, allowing him to miss the workouts on Friday and come for the final two days on Saturday and Sunday.
"Dallas gave me a chance to come down this morning," Wilson said. "I couldn't miss graduation. I walked the stage on Friday. I'm really thankful. The Saints wanted me to miss graduation. I said I couldn't do that. (Cowboys scout) Chris (Hall) called me and said, 'We've got an opening, come see what you can do.' I'm thankful. I just wanted a chance to show what I can do. If it's not good enough, that's OK."
-- Clarence Hill