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MIKAELA MACKENZIE / FREE PRESS Ontaria Wilson (front) and Nico McCarthy compete for a catch Wendesday at Blue Bombers training camp.

Onatria Wilson never lost hope and was never close to worrying about if he’d reached the end of the line.

After attending NFL training camp as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers last summer, Wilson waited for the phone to ring.

While his patience was tested, he found himself with an opportunity to try and crack the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this spring.

“Of course not,” said Wilson, asked if the thought of retirement ever crossed his mind. “ It was a grind every day to get myself up and go work out and do different field drills and not be down on myself.”

The 24-year-old wide receiver is known for his speed and he had a penchant for finding the end zone during his five seasons with the Florida State Seminoles program in Tallahassee, Fla., finishing with 12 receiving touchdowns and one more rushing major.

“One of my favourite memories from FSU was my very first touchdown — just the atmosphere. It was a home game against North Carolina State,” said Wilson, who hails from Ashburn, Ga. “

There were tons of people, it was a night game and I had this slant and go route, I caught it and (was gone). I didn’t have a celebration. I was just happy I caught the ball and scored.”

Inked to a deal before rookie camp, Wilson hopes there are plenty more scores in his future.

While he values the opportunity to be a playmaker, Wilson recognizes the importance of being a good teammate and making a good block to open up holes for those around him.

Those traits should allow him to fit in seamlessly with the culture the Blue Bombers have worked so hard to instil.

“I want to take advantage of every rep I get,” said Wilson. “Not count my reps, but make my reps count. One of things I always like to tell myself is to be where your feet are at. Wherever I’m at, just bring everything I’ve got.”

Wilson enjoyed the experience with the Chargers, which included taking reps with quarterback Justin Herbert in practice and recording a 12-yard reception while suiting up in two pre-season games.

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