Legend (Parker, Colo.) 2018 two-way player Tate Wildeman, a 6-foot-6, 235-pounder who works out with Matt McChesney at Six Zero Strength, fits the mold. The 2018 hopeful has three offers from the Mountain West and he wouldn’t mind snagging one from the Pac-12.
Wildeman was in Boulder last month for the CU junior day festivities. Who doesn’t love trying on a jersey?
“I have three right now, one from CSU, one from Wyoming and one from Nevada,” Wildeman said of offers.
The Wyoming and Nevada offers came in a flurry, roughly 30 minutes apart. Recruiting is funny like that. Wildeman once lived in Reno, but he’s become a fan of all things Colorado i.e. CU’s football program, campus and facilities.
“It was really nice. I like the facilities. Coach Mac is a great guy, I really liked coach [Jim] Jeffcoat, very enthusiastic guy, very lovable guy. If I get an offer from there it’d be great. I really like the way he coaches and his mentality,” Wildeman said on his CU visit.
“I talked to coach [D.J.] Eliot. Very good guy, I’d never met him before. … I’m excited to build a relationship with him. … I had established a pretty good relationship with coach [Jim] Leavitt, but he’s at Oregon now.”
Legend looks to improve on its 5-5 mark from the 2016 season. With Wildeman and teammate Chad Muma leading the way, the Titans should be looking at more Ws in 2017. Legend’s defensive standouts have considered playing college ball together.
“Yes sir, Chad and I are good friends. We both have the same offers. We’ve been talking about it a little. Since Wyoming and Nevada offered we’ve been talking about it a lot,” Wildeman said.
Regional interest continues to filter in for the 2018 prospect. Wildeman hopes to take a couple trips this spring and he might camp with the Buffs come the summer.
“I think we might try to go out to Lincoln, Nebraska, for their junior day and ASU wanted me to come to theirs as well. I think it might be hard to fly down to Tempe,” he said.
Working out at Six Zero has certainly helped Wildeman’s football growth. He credits McChesney with assisting in the development of all aspects of his game and for helping gain attention in the recruiting whirlwind.
“Really good, I’ve been seeing him for about a year and a half now. He’s done great things for me. By the end of football season junior year I was 215, now I’m weighing about 235 already and I’m trying to get to 245 going to senior year,” Wildeman said.
Wildeman is credited with 40 solo tackles, seven sacks and three touchdowns on offensive as a junior.