Tate Wildeman

Stock Rising For Colorado Defensive End Tate Wildeman

Parker (Colo.) Legend three-star defensive end Tate Wildeman has seen his stock soar in recent weeks and has his sights set on a few visits in the coming months...

Tate Wildeman picked up his first scholarship offer less than two months ago but has since passed the half-dozen mark and several other programs could be close.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end from Parker (Colo.) Legend shows great instincts off the edge, bursting off the snap to instantly gain a step on opposing offensive tackles and finishing plays in the backfield. He landed his most recent offer from Iowa, his father's alma mater, and a visit to Iowa City is now in the works.

"Coach Kelvin Bell offered me," Wildeman told Scout.com. "I like the idea of following in my father's footsteps and we plan on going out there in early June. (My father) was speechless and just very proud of me."


Wildeman, one of the top-rated prospects in Colorado for the 2018 class, took a visit to Arizona State last month and that was an eye-opening experience on several fronts, especially since it got the ball rolling with the Power Five schools.

"The offer caught me by surprise for sure, but it felt great because I wasn't even supposed to make it down there in the first place," Wildeman said. "When I got it, it felt amazing. I kind of hoped that more Power Five schools would start coming in and recruiting has been picking up, so that's exciting.

"The coaches [at ASU] told me they could eventually use me anywhere from a three-technique to a five-technique, and also some tight end. The recruiter for my region is the offensive coordinator, Billy Napier, and he actually told me that if I wanted to play tight end he had a spot for me, too, so I could always do that. It's nice knowing they want me on the field no matter what position it is."

Oklahoma State also offered late last month and, though Wildeman has not been to campus yet, he said he got a good glimpse of what the Cowboys are capable of watching the Alamo Bowl this past season.

"I don't know much but I've been following the Colorado Buffaloes for a while and saw them get spanked by them, so that was a real eye-opener," Wildeman said. "My dad used to coach with Brian VanGorder, who's an analyst there now, so he got a hold of my film first and presented it to the coaches. They liked what they saw, I guess. I don't have a specific date on a visit there yet but I do plan to go very soon."

Nebraska is due to draw a look on Apr. 15, Wildeman said, and he might be able to visit the Hawkeyes possibly the week after that or in the summer.

"With Nebraska, I've been talking to coach John Parrella about every week," Wildeman said. "He's always checking on me to see how I'm doing and I feel like an offer is very close from them. They've been talking to me for a while. I don't think they have an idea of how big I am because I played the season last year at about 215 and now I'm sitting at 245 with a bit better speed and stronger.

"I have been to Nebraska before. My grandparents and uncle are actually diehard Cornhuskers fans. I've been around there and been around the culture. It's pretty nice. The whole town really cares about the football program and how they go about things, so that's awesome."

Oregon and UCLA are two other programs that have expressed some interest and Wildeman said he would "try to head out there this summer."

Wildeman was credited with 40 total tackles, including 13 for a loss, in 10 games as a junior last season.

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