Wilds Visits Wake Forest

Brandon Wilds

Blythewood (SC) High School running back Brandon Wilds is one of the state's most talented prospects in the class of 2011. A 6'1, 220 pound workhorse with 4.5 speed in the 40, Wilds has garnered early offers from BCS schools and is looking to add more.

This past Thursday, Brandon Wilds took the trip north to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to visit Wake Forest, his first visit to the school. "My recruiting coordinator is Coach Henry," Wilds said. "I met with him and he showed us around. We had lunch, they didn't pay for it, but I sat and talked with him and my dad."

Following lunch, Wilds took in Wake Forest spring practice. "We watched practice after that and it was pretty good," he said. "I got a chance to speak with Chris Barclay and he's a nice guy. I think he broke a rushing record at Wake. I talked to Coach Grobe who is a down to earth guy and someone you can get along with easily. He cares for his players and it is a close environment at Wake, everyone knows everyone."

Wilds, who enjoyed his trip to Winston-Salem, is awaiting a scholarship offer from the Demon Deacons. "I don't think they even want me to come to a one day camp," Wilds said. "We will see but they just got my highlight tape two weeks ago and we've been talking a lot since then. I think they'll call me back soon on that."

Although he is waiting on an offer from Wake Forest, several offers are already in hand for the bruising tailback. Wilds, who rushed for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns a year ago, has already earned offers from three BCS schools while he continues to hear from several more. "My offers are from East Carolina, South Carolina, and Maryland," he said. "I'm talking with Ole Miss, Florida, Southern Cal, Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake, North Carolina, and Alabama."

Thus far, Wilds has visited Georgia Tech, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. He was also slated to visit South Carolina this past weekend and will visit Maryland on the 24th for their annual Spring Game.

After visiting schools and getting a better feel for each program, Wilds expects to make a decision prior to his senior season. "I'll probably do it right before August since I'm graduating in December and enrolling," he noted.

In the meantime, he will continue to work on his speed and strength as he prepares for football at the next level. "I'm just getting stronger in the weightroom and getting my speed up," he noted. "You can't get enough speed."

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